Gooey, salty, crispy, and rich: Poutine is often what Canadians eat to punctuate a celebration, and this winter Vancouver is set to experience a two-week city-wide celebration of the Quebec-born dish.
The glorious combination of fries, melty cheese curds, and velvety gravy is what La Poutine Week is all about, and in 2023 the festival is once again doubling down with an extra week of deliciousness for its 11th year.
The premise is pretty simple: Eat poutine during La Poutine Week and go online and vote for your favourites.
This event celebrating Canada’s unofficial national drunk food takes place the first half of February each year and features poutine dishes submitted by restaurants and bars nationwide. This year La Poutine Week will run a full two weeks, stretching - like a good cheese pull - from Feb. 1 through 14.
While the event is wildly popular in its native Quebec, the fest has steadily expanded nationwide over the years with a few Metro Vancouver and B.C. restaurants signing up to take part in the friendly - and flavourful - competition.
Fans of the iconic dish will find different poutines available from participating restaurant locations across Metro Vancouver during La Poutine Week.
In past years, the roster has included poutine dishes made with tots, or topped with things like butter chicken or dry-aged duck. Whether they're loaded with prawns or bacon or done up like donairs...there are always plenty of indulgent and creative takes on the classic Canadian comfort dish.
We can expect to learn which local restaurants will be taking part in La Poutine Week in the coming weeks as the big week gets closer. Stay tuned!