It’s Victoria’s Day, let’s celebrate the Canadian holiday with dancing or with a new chocolate cocktail!
Victoria Day weekend marks the end of the winter and the unofficial start of the spring or summer season. This Monday let’s celebrate the Canadian holiday with dancing at Piknic Électronik or with a new chocolate cocktail!
For many Canadians, the long Victoria Day weekend marks the end of the winter and the unofficial start of the spring or summer season. Schools are closed and several large cities (notably Vancouver and Toronto) celebrate with colorful fireworks or parades.
While in Quebec National Patriots’ Day is celebrated instead, the day is still listed as a prescribed day of rest much to the delight of students and workers alike.
For those coming down to Montreal over this long weekend, searching for activities may be daunting as most museums or shops may be closed. Nevertheless Montreal is a vibrant city and there are always fun activities to do!
For music and dance lovers may I suggest Piknic Électronik, on Île Sainte-Hélène where everyone is invited to dance in the sun at this gigantic outdoor electronic music party happening on select Monday afternoons and most Sundays throughout the summer.
The Piknic Électronik aims to showcase the best of Montreal’s local talents in electronic music in an environment created to continually stimulate the senses. This Monday the 19th includes an all-French line-up helmed by international techno star Agoria, founder of the Infiné label. Joining him are two next-generation techno producers: Oniris, who’s also been heralded by Laurent Garnier as one to watch; and Madben, who’s been voted the last great saviour of techno by none other than Trax magazine. Local duo Veronika & Oliver opens the main stage.
Over at the second stage, Astropolis resident DJs Da’Gil, Grolex, and Dralbent team up as Sonic Crew, to take us on a journey from rave’s epic roots to the present.for those seeking a quick bite freshly prepared juices and hot dogs are available at the snack bars.
For more info on the Piknic visit: http://www.piknicelectronik.com/en/
For those who prefer to relax and take advantage of the warm weather, there is nothing nicer than enjoying a breathtaking view of the city with a refreshing cocktail or two on a private terrace with friends. For a new sweet twist this summer, try mixing a delicious Chocolate cocktail!
“We are currently experiencing a great enthusiasm for mixology in Quebec. “explains Pierre-Olivier Trempe one of the founders of one of Montreal’s trendiest new festivals: Invasion Cocktail
Lead by Maryline Demandre and Pierre-Olivier Trempe, two experts from the wine and spirits industry, Invasion Cocktail seeks to promote Montreal’s cocktail culture via 21 unique events over the span of 6 days in over 20 bars around the city.
Festival goers could purchase a passport which would allow them to enjoy the featured cocktail at each participating restaurant and bar at the low cost of $5 each.
To bring the festival to a close, a fancy party MadeWithLove™ was held with great panache at the historic Auberge St-Gabriel.
I recently participated in one of the 11 professional seminars hosted and presented by mixology industry ambassadors and influencers from around the world. Led by chef and chocolate master Philippe Vancayseele, director of the l’Academie of Chocolat Cacao Barry I present to you one of my favorite chocolate cocktail discoveries:
1 oz. Vodka
½ oz. Chambord
1 ½ oz chocolate ganache with milk Alunga Cacao Berry chocolate ( 100g milk + 190g Alunga) ( Melt the two together)
Decorations : A few dried raspberries sprinkled on top served in a champagne glass.
Visit www.invasioncocktail.com for more information on event