Montreal wouldn’t be Montreal without the asian community bringing in the fragrant and colourful touch to the city’s fabric. Mark your calendars, on May 1st, the Marché MajesThé lands downtown!
This festival will showcase the best of the food and crafts brought by local restaurantiers and craftsmen to celebrate the Asian Heritage Month. But there is a bigger cause behind this event than the Asian Heritage Month.
The idea for this Market came as the response to the xenophopic attacks at the beginning of the pandemic targeted at the Asian enterprises in Montreal. An event organiser, Laura Luu and her colleagues formed Groupe d’Entraide contre le racisme envers les asiatiques au Québec - where they openly stood against discrimination. The group was active online during the lockdown and now when the restrictions are lifted and the public is out on the streets again- the group jumped on the idea of organising a live event.
The market is aiming to revive the iconic and vibrant Chinatown, it will boast a variety of restaurants and cafes which were badly hit by the pandemic. At this tasty event, Montrealers will sample a variety of delicious foods from different vendors- all in one sitting, which will surely become staple establishments for planning their next dine-out evening.
The market will also showcase products crafted by local Asian artisans, like wall prints, postcards, candles or kimonos. As Montrealers spend more of their time at home now, this is a brilliant idea to put a spotlight on the beauty of Asian craft and add a tasteful oriental touch to the home decor.
Here is the full list of participating businesses:
Find Marche MajesThe event on Facebook here.
Marché MajesThé was created as the space to celebrate Asian culture and appreciate what it brings to the city. Expect nothing but the best street feast and bring some goodies for your home.
Hope to see you there!