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NH PoutineFest 

Where: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester 
When: Saturday, June 24, 3:30 to 7 p.m. 
Cost: $30 per person. Tickets are limited. Sales end June 18. 
Visit: nhpoutinefest.com
 
Participating vendors 
Bar One 
Chez Rafiki’s
Chez Vachon Restaurant 
The Foundry 
Grub 
Kimball’s CAV’ern
Maudite Poutine
New England’s Tap House Grille 
River Road Tavern 
Vulgar Display of Poutine 




Poutine aplenty
PoutineFest returns to Manchester

06/15/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 A taste of Quebec is coming to Manchester as the Franco-American Centre hosts its second annual New Hampshire PoutineFest on Saturday, June 24. 

Eleven local restaurants, caterers and food trucks will serve a variety of traditional and inventive poutine dishes to hundreds of tasters at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
“Generally, poutine is gravy, cheese curds and french fries,” event coordinator Tim Beaulieu said. “However, it’s like pizza. It’s been Americanized. People put different spins on it and mix it with foods from other cultures, and here [at the festival], you have a chance to sample them all.” 
Upon entry, tasters will receive passports with the vendors listed. They can get one three- to five-ounce sample from each vendor, getting their passports stamped as they go. 
Many of the vendors will serve poutine made with the traditional ingredients, but with some variations when it comes to the style of fries and type of gravy and cheese curds. 
“It’s like steak — everyone cooks it a little different,” Beaulieu said. “They can use chicken or beef [in the gravy] or they can do handcut fries, shoestring fries, sweet potato fries or even potato wedges.”
Other vendors will deviate from the traditional poutine and incorporate other ingredients and cuisine styles. There will be a vegetarian falafel poutine, pulled pork poutine, duck confit poutine, smoky maple poutine and more. 
Many vendors will serve the same poutine they feature as a special or regular item on their menus. 
“A lot of restaurants have it or are starting to do it,” Beaulieu said. “It’s something you’ll see on menus more and more.” 
Vendors will also be competing for the title of Best Poutine of the Fest and the chance to raise the “Ceinture de Championnat” or Championship Belt. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges including Denny Corriveau “The Wild Cheff” and other poutine experts, and by the attendees’ votes. 
The final hour of the festival will overlap with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ Franco-American Heritage Night baseball game, during which the players will wear “poutine jerseys” that will be raffled off after the game. 
Beaulieu encourages people to relax, pace themselves and enjoy a beer or soda between tastings. 
“There’s plenty of time, even if you want to try them all,” he said. “If you’ve never tried poutine, take this opportunity to try all the different types and get a feel for what kinds you like.”





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