Every February, something special happens in Montreal. It's called free cheese. Free, made-in-Quebec coagulated milk protein that makes the masses go mmmm. The kind of fermented food product that compels even the lactose intolerant to reach for another piece, regardless of what flatulent, bloated hell they'll pay for the rest of the day. We're talking cheese that is just that good.
After all, Quebec is known for its award-winning cheeses. Think over 450 different kinds produced in province, including varieties made with, of all controversial ingredients, raw milk, a completely legal and safe undertaking in the eyes of regional government as long as proper precautions are met.
Montreal Cheese Festival Fête des fromages d'ici: 2018 Details
Running February 22 to February 24, 2018, Fête des fromages d'ici offers the public the chance to try roughly 60 different Quebec cheeses made by 17 different producers, free of charge, on site. Cheeses can also be bought on location.
Alcohol cheese pairings are an additional possibility, one requiring pre-purchased coupons which are usually $1 each and must be exchanged at participating kiosks in order to sample local wines, beers and ciders. Coupons are readily available on festival grounds. Note that the number of coupons required per tasting may vary depending on the alcoholic product. Fête des fromages d'ici is a part of Montreal en Lumière.
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday February 24, 2018
Admission and cheese samples are free. An alcohol tasting coupon costs extra.