La Poutine Week is back and isn’t letting COVID-19 stop it.
The weeklong event returns Feb. 1 to Feb. 7 in partnership with SkiptheDishes and aims to “empower the Canadian restaurant industry, restaurateurs, servers, and foodies – all in celebration of poutine,” according to a release.
This year, La Poutine Week will allow poutine lovers to discover new venues and savour unique poutines while providing the opportunity for restaurants to showcase their very best creations.
And, with in-person dining currently suspended in multiple provinces, La Poutine Week has partnered with SkipTheDishes to offer pickup and delivery.
Hailed as the largest poutine festival across the world, La Poutine Week will be taking place across eight provinces, including Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Over 700 restaurants are expected to participate across Canada, more than ever before despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
That total includes, but is not limited to:
- Toronto: 80+ restaurants
- Montreal: 120+ restaurants
- Winnipeg: 105+ restaurants
- Edmonton: 50+ restaurants
- Vancouver: 40+ restaurants
- Calgary: 50+ restaurants
- Ottawa: 20+ restaurants
- Saskatoon + Regina: 35+ restaurants
Devin DeSousa, owner of Fabergé restaurant in Montreal, said: “From a business standpoint, participating in La Poutine Week has introduced our restaurant to a new clientele, and vastly improved our weekday business. It is a fun and inclusive festival that spotlights a national treasure and our collective love for poutine. I think now, more than ever, it is important to appreciate what we love and be grateful for what we have.”
La Poutine Week co-founder Na’eem Adam explained: “This year, more than ever, every poutine that will be consumed becomes a mark of loyalty – for restaurants, for us, for our community. We are here to support our restaurants by driving sales through a national platform that celebrates our most recognized and beloved dish. The restaurant industry and the foodie community need good news.”
This year’s event will feature competitions, prizes, and charitable donations. One dollar for every poutine sold at a participating restaurant will go to Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB), an organization that guarantees free, immediate, and specialized help to people with an eating disorder and their loved ones.
La Poutine Week began in 2021 and has become the largest poutine festival across the world, with 350,000 yearly participants, an average of 500 participating restaurants across Canada, and $250,000 raised for charity.
More information, including the list of all participating restaurants, is available at https://www.lapoutineweek.com/.