One of the great things about living in Montreal is the abundance of amazing restaurants. Seriously, we are blessed with talented chef that can deliciously transfer their passion for food onto a plate like nobody’s business. Plus, when you consider that many of them make it a priority to work with local farmers and suppliers, it’s just a win-win. So when I heard that a new spot was opening up in the Old Port with many of these local gems, I was super excited. I’ve always loved the Old Port, but found that something was always missing in the food department. But the opening of Marché des éclusiers has changed all of that.
I was one of the lucky ones to be invited to the grand opening of the farmer’s market, and as I approached the venue, all I had to do was follow the unmistakable smell of BBQ dancing through the air. Diablos, one of Montreal’s best BBQ spots was greeting us with mini pulled pork sandwiches, brisket sandwiches and an assortment of lamb, bavette and chicken. That’s when you know that summer has finally arrived!
We made our way through the market to discover a bar filled with fresh fruit, wild scallop ceviche from Eileen’s, pastries and baguettes from La petite boulangerie, terrines and meats from Boucherie Lawrence and cheese and charcuterie from VIN RX. One of my favourite spots in the market is Omnivore; their delicious fattouche salad with pomegranate dressing and fried pita chips, and kata skewers are a must! Other vendors include Nectar & Co., Volcanic Organic and a collective of organic farmers.
Aside from featuring local businesses and farmers, Marché des éclusiers also supports local craftsmen. Each vendor stall and most of the outdoor furniture was created by LA374, a custom wood furniture company located in Saint-Henri, whereas the cushions and sofas are from Montauk Sofa, an eco-conscious company that produces amazing quality furniture with no impact on the environment.
There’s lots to love and discover at Marché des éclusiers. The market is located at 400 rue de la Commune West (corner McGill) and open seven days a week until November 30, 2016.
[Photo credit via Sylvain Granier & Hoi Photography]