Curds and Gravy Galore! POUTINE FEST 2017
Spring is here which marks the beginning of food festival season in the capital! This past weekend I was fortunate enough to go twice to the Sparks Street Poutine Fest to sample a few selections this year. The street was packed with food trucks advertising different versions of poutine, with combinations ranging from Mexican chili to deep fried cheese curds to Louisiana gumbo!
On my first visit, my co-tasters and I sampled three poutines from all over the festival. I tried the double bacon cheeseburger poutine from Fat Les's Chip Stand, which actually had won World's Best Poutine at Montreal Poutine Fest in 2015! Packed with shredded cheese, bacon, green onions and hamburger it's drool-worthy on top of the cheese curds and gravy.
This big boy was filling in more ways than one! The mixture of shredded and curd cheeses really played off well with the hamburger meat and gravy. The bacon and green onions gave it a satisfactory and salty crunch. It was delicious combo, and my only complaint would be that the portion size may have been a little too big considering how much you're getting!
On my second visit to Sparks Street, I went a little south of the border. I tried the Ragin' Cajun poutine with Louisiana smoked pork, BBQ sauce, mac n'cheese and bacon from the Bytown Bayou Food Truck.
This Louisiana treat was jam packed with flavour, making for an interesting taste between the pork and mac n'cheese. I was expecting a little more kick to the BBQ sauce sadly, however the smoked pork was tender and fell apart easily. I was a little disappointed with the fries though, as they were not as crunchy as I would've liked them to be in a poutine. The portion size though was perfect, as it's just the right amount to satisfy cravings while not over indulging.
If you weren't able to make it to Sparks Street don't worry! From May 4th to the 7th Poutine Fest comes to Ottawa City Hall where there will be more street vendors selling their spin on the Canadian classic.
So, get ready to chow down, and be sure to ask for extra gravy!
Type: Truck/street food
Cost: $$ (I spent between $12-13 on each of my poutines)
Until next meal time!