As we head into another cold, quiet month of lockdown, comfort food cravings are hitting an all-time high for many of us. Fortunately, La Poutine Week is returning for its ninth year to help us feed our feelings with our beloved national dish.
Running throughout this week, La Poutine Week invites restaurants across the country to put their own unique spin on the Canadian classic. This year, there are more than 700 participating restaurants in eight provinces, including 127 Toronto restaurants.
While some restaurants are serving traditional cheese curd, fries, and gravy combos, others are taking the opportunity to create unique fusion dishes. Inventive local options range from a ‘Photine’ featuring pho gravy, spiced beef and crispy shallots from Dzo Viet Eatery to a chicken pot pie poutine from Union Chicken. With indoor dining closed in many areas of the country, the festival is partnering with SkipTheDishes to deliver these eclectic poutine creations straight to our doors.
Diners can vote for their favourite poutine via the La Poutine Week website and a winner for each city will be announced at the end of the festival. A panel of judges will also select winners for the “most outrageous” and “most creative” poutines, as well as an overall judges’ choice.
In addition to allowing us to indulge in carb-driven comfort and supporting local restaurants, La Poutine Week is donating one dollar for every poutine sold at a participating restaurant to Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB), a non-profit organization that supports people living with eating disorders.
La Poutine Week is on from now until Feb. 7. You can check out a list of local participating restaurants here.