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A Temporary Market Will Set Up in This Wildly Colourful Former Tea Factory [Updated]

An intriguing new arrival for the end of winter

Update (Feb 26): The eating options for Marché Salada have begun to be announced, ahead of the event’s first outing next Friday (March 8). It’s mostly food trucks (the event is partially produced by the Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec), including taco truck Grumman78, Queen B Burrito Bowls, Gaspésie truck, the Jérôme Ferrer truck, Le Gras Dur (poutine and burgers), seafood truck Quai Roulant, and La Choppe. Also on site will be chef Caroline Dumas’ Bloomfield, frozen desserts from Casse Glace, and churros from Mignon.

Correction: an earlier version of this story gave the opening date as March 1.

A weekend market loaded with food trucks and stalls (among other vendors) is opening up in the Town of Mount Royal (TMR) this March.

Taking over the former Salada Tea factory off Highway 40, the Marché Salada will run for most weekends throughout March and April, according to the Journal. The building housing it may not be familiar to many Montrealers by name, but if you’ve travelled on that highway (or the nearby Décarie, for that matter), you’ve almost certainly seen it — it’s the bright industrial complex adorned with myriad stripes, hands, and topped off with an elevated Keith Haring-esque red heart.

The precise details of the market’s vendors are still to be determined, and it seems that they’re still being confirmed. However, the Journal notes that it’ll be a hybrid operation, with food trucks, other Quebec food producers (beer and wine included), artisans, and musical performances, in the now disused industrial space. (Given the late-winter timing, it’s presumably going to be indoors.)

Yes, the building’s vibrant paint job will likely attract an Instagram crowd (something the Journal noted not once, but twice), and it’s not the easiest to get to (without a car, you’ll need to take a bus from du Collège metro). Yet it’s nonetheless an interesting use of a relatively iconic building, in a part of the city that’s rarely a destination.

The Marché Salada will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from March 8 to April 27 (an earlier start date of February 22 has been pushed back). It will run from 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays and noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays, with free entry before 8 p.m.

Marché Salada

5430 chemin de la Côte-de-Liesse, Mont-Royal, QC H4P 1A6 Visit Website