National Poutine Day

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2024 DateApril 11, 2024
2025 DateApril 11, 2025

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National Poutine Day History

National Poutine Day celebrates the uniquely Canadian dish of poutine. The culinary creation comprises crispy french fries, topped with cheese curds and drenched in a flavourful gravy. This day unites Canadians in appreciation for the dish and its cultural significance, while also acknowledging its evolution from the original version to diverse modern adaptations and varieties that incorporate a range of ingredients.

While the exact origin of poutine is disputed, it is widely believed to have been first prepared in rural Quebec during the 1950s. Over time, the dish gained popularity across the country, becoming a quintessential component of Canadian cuisine. National Poutine Day serves as an opportunity to honour this iconic dish and reflect on its humble beginnings. Today, Canadians celebrate the comfort food not only as a source of regional pride but also for its broader contributions to the nation's culinary landscape.

On National Poutine Day, Canadians observe the occasion by indulging in their favourite version of this savoury treat. Many restaurants and eateries offer special menus and promotions, featuring traditional and innovative poutine variations to cater to the diverse tastes of the Canadian population. This treasured national event allows Canadians to delight in the flavours and textures of this beloved dish while actively contributing to an ever-evolving cultural legacy. National Poutine Day takes place annually on April 11, providing a day for Canadians to revel in their collective culinary heritage.

Top facts about National Poutine Day

  • An average order of country-style poutine from Smoke's Poutinerie adds up to about 1400 calories.
  • The poutine-eating world record goes to American Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. He claimed the record again in 2019 by eating 29 pounds of poutine in ten minutes.
  • “Poutine” is Quebec slang which It translates to a mess.
  • The term poutine is thought to be derived from the English word pudding. However, it's more commonly believed to come from the Quebecois slang ‘poutine’, meaning ‘mess.’
  • The gravy used in poutine is usually a combination of chicken, veal, or turkey stock and it should be warm enough to melt the cheese. The cheese curds used should be fresh and squeaky. They create a unique texture and flavor in the dish.

Top things to do for National Poutine Day

  • Make your own poutine! Browse authentic recipes for ideas.
  • Read up on the history of poutine in the book Maudite poutine! by Charles-Alexandre Théorêt.
  • Play the board game Miss Poutine (2009) with some friends. Players take the role of cashiers and cooks and they must fill the most orders to win.
  • Try making Lobster Poutine, a decadent twist on the classic dish that includes fresh lobster meat.

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