Project 365 – Day 200: Street food at the Just for Laughs festival

July 18 2012

Street food vendors are a rare sight in Montreal, and have been since 1947 when the City made selling food on the street illegal – due supposedly to sanitary reasons. Rumors are circulating that the City is at long last considering loosening the restriction and hopefully Montreal will catch up with modern times – Heck I even have an idea for a food truck 😉

But while they debate and carry out market research and hold committee meetings, the Just for Laughs festival is giving us a taste of what could be around the corner (pun intended) at what they call the Food Souk (marketplace in arabic).

Along rue Sainte-Catherine in the Quartier des Spectacle there is a line up of trucks, ice fishing huts, storage containers and even a hearse, ready to take your food order. So I did a quick tour this afternoon to see what was available and surprised myself that I didn’t cave in and sample what each merchant was offering – but I may well be back 😉

Here are a few of the more colorful and interesting street food vendors I came across.

Waiting to take your Winneburger order

Waiting to take your Winneburger order
ISO 100 – 105mm – f8 – 1/200 sec

Hotbulldog Palace

Hotbulldog Palace
ISO 100 – 40mm – f8 – 1/320 sec

Lucky's

Lucky’s
ISO 100 – 18mm – f4 – 1/1000 sec

La Mangeoire gourmet sandwiches

 La Mangeoire gourmet sandwiches ISO 100 – 30mm – f4.2 – 1/1000 sec

La Mangeoire gourmet sandwiches

La Mangeoire gourmet sandwiches
ISO 100 – 62mm – f5.3 – 1/400 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Grumman '78

Grumman ’78
ISO 100 – 116mm – f4.8 – 1/320 sec

Deathgrill - served out the back of a hearse

Deathgrill – served out the back of a hearse
ISO 100 – 18mm – f4 – 1/800 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Deathgrill - served out the back of a hearse

Deathgrill – served out the back of a hearse
ISO 100 – 22mm – f4 – 1/500 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Deathgrill - served out the back of a hearse

Deathgrill – served out the back of a hearse
ISO 100 – 18mm – f4 – 1/640 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Deathgrill - served out the back of a hearse

Deathgrill – served out the back of a hearse
ISO 100 – 18mm – f4 – 1/500 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Fresh fruit from the back of a bike

Fresh fruit from the back of a bike
ISO 100 – 26mm – f4 – 1/500 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Pink ice fishing hut

Pink ice fishing hut
ISO 100 – 85mm – f5.6 – 1/125 sec

Ice fishing huts

Ice fishing huts
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/160 sec

Crab trap

Crab trap
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/10 sec

Quite a selection, so if you are in Montreal, I suggest heading down to the Juste pour rire festival with an empty stomach 😉

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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2 thoughts on “Project 365 – Day 200: Street food at the Just for Laughs festival

  1. I love this post. Especially the Deathgrill and the Ice fishing huts. You don’t see many ice fishing huts in England! You know I didn’t even realise you couldn’t sell food on the streets of Montreal. Keep up the great work Martin.

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