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Poutine Lovers Unite During The Week-Long Festival Dedicated To Canada’s Iconic Dish

By Gabriel Nunes

Poutine Lovers Unite During The Week-Long Festival Dedicated To Canada’s Iconic Dish

La Poutine Week is a celebration of the satisfying combination that is fries, cheese curds, and gravy, as well as other variations of the classic Canadian dish.

I think we can all agree that there aren’t many dishes quite as well known and widely loved in Canada as poutine is. It’s even considered by some to be Canada’s national dish! The country’s cherished specialty food is irresistibly cheesy, unabashedly savoury and addictive, and 100% Canadian. Although poutine is said to have originated in Quebec, it didn’t take long for it to become a staple eaten across the entire country.

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that there is an entire week dedicated to the best versions of the crave-worthy dish: La Poutine Week. And it’s taking place this year in Vancouver from February 1–7, 2021! The ninth edition of the week-long poutine festival will give us all a much-needed chance to indulge in one of our favourite guilty pleasures.

Traditional poutine is actually quite simple to make: you just combine french fries, cheese curds, and gravy, and there you go, you’ve got yourself poutine! That being said, nowadays many restaurants try to put their own unique twist on the dish, and several popular variations of poutine exist. 

This year, approximately 700 participating restaurants in Canada will make special poutines for the occasion. The La Poutine Week festival is a tasty opportunity to discover new poutine creations, and you’ll even be able to vote for your favourite ones! There are several award categories such as ‘The Most Original Poutine’, ‘People’s Choice’, and ‘Judges’ Choice.’

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Please note that this year’s edition of La Poutine Week has been modified due to the current pandemic situation. As a result, the participating restaurants will make their poutine dishes available for delivery and takeout as and when required.

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