It's hard not to love poutine. The classic Canadian comfort food consisting of squeaky cheese, salty gravy, and French fries is hard to beat. The largest poutine festival in the world will be happening next month and it's every Canadian's dream come true. La Poutine Week 2020 is kicking off its eighth year and will be bigger and better than ever before.
This year there will be a mindblowing 400 participating restaurants, and we got the inside scoop on the insane flavours you'll be able to try.
But from Saturday, February 1 to Friday, February 7, Canadians will get the chance to celebrate the tasty dish at what is arguably the most Canadian food festival ever.
Venues in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba will compete to create the most mouth-watering dish possible.
This year, you'll be able to try a unique range of sweet and savoury options, including toppings from a half-pound burger to cheesecake.
As of Friday, January 24, 2020, you'll be able to visit the official website of all the participating locations near you.
Here are nine of the most insane and tasty flavours you can try:
Fish Bowl Poutine
Address: Smitty's Restaurant Regent, 1512 Regent Ave. W., Winnipeg, MB
Why You Need To Go: Inside a crispy taco bowl you'll get crispy Cajun fries, topped with beer-battered cod, cheese curds, garlic parmesan shrimp, hollandaise sauce, and Pico de Gallo.
Fried Chicken & Waffles Poutine
Address: Leopold's Tavern Calgary Beltline, 1201 1 St. SW. Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This hearty creation has hot fried chicken, waffles, and cheese curd mac 'n' cheese over hand-cut fries and peppercorn chicken gravy.
Address: BeaverTails, 602 Broughton St., Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: It is hard to picture a more Canadian dish than a BeaverTail topped with classic gravy and cheese curds.
Cornish Hen & Sauerkraut Poutine
Address: Poincaré Chinatown, 1071 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It is half a Cornish hen, edamame and smoked sauerkraut on top of lacto-fermented fries, gravy and goat milk cheese curds.
1/2 Pound Burger Poutine
Address: Pony Corral Nairn, 1050 Nairn Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Why You Need To Go: If you are starving, then this colossal option should fill you up. It comes with a half-pound burger, chilli, bacon, and plenty of cheese over the fries.
Bulgogi Beef Poutine
Address: Mukbang on Wheels Food Truck, 320 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: This flavour-packed Korean-inspired poutine has bulgogi marinated ground beef and kimchi.
Pickles & Chicken Bites Poutine
Address: Browns Socialhouse Portage, 311 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Why You Need To Go: Their crazy creation is covered in hot chicken bites, pickles, cheese curds, and their signature "Comeback Sauce."
Cheesecake & Waffle Poutine
Address: Bagado, 30 Sainte-Catherine W., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This dessert poutine is made out of waffle sticks covered in cheesecake chunks, ice cream and a raspberry-caramel sauce.
Wild Boar Poutine
Address: Shift, 102 Spadina Cres. E., Saskatoon, SK
Why You Need To Go: With wild boar sausage, shaved Parmesan, and buffalo mozzarella over truffled rosemary parmesan fries plus roasted garlic tomato sauce, this is one of the most extra poutines ever.