Yul Eats festival is underway in Old Montreal. Last year was a fun event, but things took a turn for the worse this year.
1) Entry fee of 5$, free last year
2) Smaller number of trucks/food options
3) Ridiculous setup for the Marche Redpath, where small local producers were selling their products. It was close to impossible to walk in there.
4) Outrageous fee structure for the "Parcous gourmand", housed inside the building. Either 45$/15 coupons (3$/coupon), 65$/40 (1,63$) or 85$/60 (1,42$), with bites ranging from 1 (ex. taste of ice cream on a wooden spoon) to 3 coupons (ex. Poke mini bowl, small pepperette). You do the math...Between 1,42 to 3$ for a taste of vegan ice cream (under 1 teaspoon). From 2,84$ to 9$ for a small "peperette" that you'de maybe pay 1,50 to 2$ at a butcher shop...
WAY Overpriced, and the real price hidden by the coupon approach.
Oh yeah, you get a free drink! What they dont tell you is that you dont have a choice. It's about a quarter to a third of a generic lager that they give you at the entry. Almost every other alcoholic beverage is 3 coupons and +.
And, by the time we got to the Parcours at about 6:30, about 3 kiosks didnt have any food left and were closed. A couple more would run out of food as well before we left, around 8PM.
It seems as though the organizers of the event tried to capitalize a little too much on last years' success. It'll probably work this year, but I will surely not be back next year.
What a deception.