The steady light drizzle and chilly weather didn’t stand in the way for hundreds of hungry poutine fans this past Saturday, October 13. For the third year in a row the World Championship Poutine eating contest was held at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto and was hosted by Smoke’s Poutinerie.
They came dressed in their french fry finery to chow down on that great Quebecois delicacy, poutine. The long line up for free fries, gravy and cheese curds started at 11:00 a.m. and went all the way through to 5:oo p.m. The big show however started at 3:00 with the Amateur World Poutine eating championship.
Going into this I had no clue what the difference was between an amateur and a pro. Turns out, pros go from food eating contest to food eating contests eating the most of whatever is served for big cash. The entertaining MC warmed the crowd up with poutine facts and folklore up to the 3:00 p.m. amateur competition. The entrants to this first round of the championships were mainly skinny male university students with stomachs made of cast iron and a few courageous women. We all remember those university days when we could eat anything and everything, not gain weight and go to a bar crawl the next evening.
The amateur event was six minutes of intense carb consumption. The winner claimed victory after eating 7.5 lbs of poutine goodness. While I couldn’t stay for the pro event an hour later, the winner of that event I hear finished more than 10 lbs to claim first prize. Here are some of the highlights of the days activities and the amateur event.
- 7 surprising facts about poutine (macleans.ca)
- Toronto poutine shops are hotspots for love (thestar.com)
- Day 8: Eating Traditional Canadian Poutine (findingtrudy.com)
- Competitive eaters take on poutine in World Poutine Eating Championship (sunnewsnetwork.ca)