We all know that Ottawa’s poutine scene is one of the strongest in the game. So it should come as no surprise that Ottawa Poutine Fest is a huge hit in the capital each year, with residents and visitors alike lining up for the traditionally Canadian treat. Well, this year, the festival is adding more vendors, more flavours, and more fun and games to ensure the 2020 event is the cheesiest one yet.
The first Poutine Fest of the decade will be the fifth year that the event's gravy train has been rolling, and the people behind it are pulling out all the stops this year.
The festival's "Big Cheese," director Les Gagne, spoke with Narcity to let us in on a few of the expected changes.
Most importantly, the festival will be expanding its poutine selection by bringing in different food trucks from out-of-town.
“We are bringing in four, maybe five, new poutiners from out of town to spice up this year's poutine offerings..." Gagne told Narcity.
"We are also planning to raise the number of poutine choices to 120 with a new focus on the gravy train."
120 choices? That'll be poutine us on our back if we're not careful.
You can also expect an extended Market Vendor Village, more live entertainment, and a new World of Poutine competition, Gagne explains.
So, are you hungry to know what's new this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you!
Simply take a look at the list of debuting poutine sellers below and get ready for some mouthwatering content.
Jamaican BBQ Food Truck
Cuisine: Jamaican BBQ
Why You Need To Go: You can bet this Toronto-based food truck will be bringing their iconic Jamaican jerk poutine and honestly, we're already drooling over it.
Get Your Own Taters
Why You Need To Go: Are you going to eat your tots? Can we have them? This place looks delicious.
The Ultimate Food Truck
Cuisine: Canadian comfort food
Why You Need To Go: You can find out if this food truck lives up to its name at this year's Poutine Fest.
Why You Need To Go: For those who crave a little Mexican twist, this iconic spudtine is sure to impress.
Bacon Nation Canada
Cuisine: Bacon-centric dishes
Why You Need To Go: Now, we're not sure to what capacity this Toronto eatery will be participating, but Gagne tells us they will be an addition this year. After all, you can always bet on bacon.
This all looks pretty good, right?
And, as if all the new poutine options weren’t enough, you can also expect new potato-themed games. Those include potato sack races and a potato shootout.
If games aren’t your thing, you might like the Poutine Pampering section that’s being added to the festival as well.
“Another new feature is our Poutine Pampering Experience offering massages, grooming, and a VIP treatment," Gagne explains.
"We'll also be launching our new Fest Pass with exclusive seating, discounts, special offerings, and samples," Gagne adds, clarifying that this will be a limited opportunity.
So, whether you like a variety or you're set on your poutine preferences already, it sounds like this year's event is shaping up to be a real cheesy delight.
Ottawa Poutine Fest
Price: TBD, bring cash
When: April 30 until May 3, 2020
Address: 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can see and taste all of the delicious changes and improvements at this year's event. Be sure to check out their website for more info on local vendors.