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Published on May 23, 2016
La Poutine Fest 2016: Rod's Fry Shack's Rodney Elderbroom, owner, and Rebeka Elderbroom, cook, invite you to the city’s first-ever dedicated celebration of the Canadian dish from May 24-May 28.
Adam Brazeau

CORNWALL, Ont. – Will Rod's Fry Shack win over your taste buds during 'La Poutine Week'?

The Seaway Food Festival five-day event will take place from Tuesday (May 24) to Saturday (May 28).

"Expect a very large portion of our crispy fries and traditional poutine, with a little kick to it, including chicken, bacon, chives, sour cream, and St. Albert curds, topped with Rosemary gravy," said Rodney Elderbroom, owner of Rod's Fry Shack at 1719 Vincent Massey Drive.

The popular chip won the Cornwall Lions Club's first Poutine Fest Run in 2015, and celebrates its one-year anniversary on June 6.

"We're here having a good time and putting out the best food we can," said Elderbroom.  

The concept of the event is pretty simple: local selected restaurants develop special poutine dishes and customers vote for their favourite one. Judges will hand out awards for the 'Best Poutine' and the 'Most Creative Poutine'.

Discover a new taste or reconnect with an old favourite during La Poutine Week at Deke & Squeaks Bar and Grill, Winner’s Sports Bar, Truffles Burger Bar, Chef On A Bun, Sheep’s Head Bistro, Jet Set Pub, Bar Q, Schnitzels, The Village Diner, Nautica Grill and Wine, Eight Zero Zero Resto Lounge, and, of course, Rod’s.

Bastion Hospitality's Sebastien Manigat, director at Seaway Food Festival, said coming up with a distinct, tasty, creative, and unique poutine is not a small feat, but it’s that kind of challenge that drives this event.

"What sets our food apart is we make it with love," added Rod's Fry Shack cook Rebeka Elderbroom, Rodney's cousin.

For more information, visit www.lapoutineweek.com and www.facebook.com/seawayfoodfestival.