Montreal’s Festival YUL EAT held its inaugural event in September 2014, and quickly gained popularity and grew in scale. Now, its second edition will move locations from last year’s Esplanade Financiere Sun Life venue. Chefs and food-industry specialists from all corners of Quebec will now be gathering at Old Port, where their talents and efforts will be on display during Labour Day Weekend (September 5th to 7th). Entry to YUL EAT’s 2015 edition will be free, and numerous tasting events will also be held at no charge.

Mayssam Samaha, a Montreal-based food writer and traveler who maintains the popular Will Travel for Food blog, listed YUL EAT as one of her most anticipated festivals due to arrive in the city.

“I’m very excited to check out [YUL EAT’s] second edition…access to the main site is free and will allow us food-lovers to spend three glorious days rubbing elbows with the best of Quebec’s chefs, producers and food providers. You will be able to discover and taste some of the products that make Quebec gastronomy so unique,” Samaha wrote in her shortlist of upcoming events in the food sector.

Festival YUL EAT’s website made available its full programme, which includes exclusive dinners, street food vendors and food trucks, as well as workshops and masterclasses. For younger and diverse audiences, YUL EAT also offers a Kid’s Zone, musical entertainment, and a Nespresso VIP lounge. Industry-savvy festival-goers can enlist in workshops where they can meet, chat with, and taste the offerings of such names as Jean Benoit Hinse (wines), David Ferguson (hot sauces and spices), Segue Lepage (smoked meat and seafood) and Remy Couture (confectioneries and donuts).

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YUL EAT’s site also details the event’s location and availability: “For [its 2015 edition], YUL EAT food festival has grown at an exponential pace, now taking place at the Quai de l’Horloge [Clock Tower Quay] at the Old Port of Montreal, making it a major gastronomic destination.”

YUL EAT 2015, open Saturday to Monday, will be one of many significant gastronomic and culinary festivals due to hit Montreal this season. Its doors will be open for the general public from noon to 11:00 pm, with select workshops opening at 11:00 am.

Image courtesy of Festival YUL EAT‘s website.