2012 Montreal Highlights Festival will feature Belgian and Seattle chefs

Calling all foodies: Highlights Festival (Montréal en Lumière) makes a great late February break

Montreal en lumiere 2012's honorary president, Yves Mattagne, chef of Brussels’s Sea Grill, will cook his signature fish and seafood dishes alongside host chef Normand Laprise

In 2012, the fine dining part of the Highlights Festival is featuring the Belgian regions of Brussels and Wallonia and their complementary cuisines.

Visiting chefs include Yves Mattagne, the honorary president and youngest and most promising of Belgium’s rising talents, who will cook three special dinners at Toqué!

And what would a Belgian foodie fest be without the chocolate? Never fear, there are also two amazing artisan chocolatiers coming to town.

This year’s featured city at the festival is Seattle, which is sending six visiting chefs along with several vintners. The big names include Matthew Dillon of the Corson Building, Jason Franey of Canlis and Thierry Rautureau
of Rover’s.

Here’s the festival’s complete 10-day program.


And here’s an article of mine from La Presse on how Toronto has better restaurants than Montreal. (But not a better restaurant festival)