Best Local: Second Annual Poutine Fest

Indulge in Varieties of Poutine at Best Local Haymarket Brewery on Sunday, Feb. 23

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Courtesy of labanquise

If you’re a comfort food junkie, you’ve had poutine. Poutine, common in Canada, is a French fries dish topped with a gravy-like sauce and cheese curds. Comfort food lovers rejoice—Chicago‘s second annual Poutine Fest is here! Best Local Haymarket Brewery (737 W Randolph St.) in the West Loop is hosting the indulgent festival on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

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Courtesy of Tripadvisor

Fest attendees will sample poutine dishes from participating restaurants, and one will be crowned “King of Poutine” based on attendee votes. The Best Local spots participating in Poutine Fest include Haymarket Brewery, The Gage, The Barrelhouse FlatSunday Dinner, Red Door, The Bristol, Troquet, Le Bouchon, Green Door Tavern and Atlas Brewing Company. Look out for The Gage, 2013’s Poutine Fest champion.

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Courtesy of Chicago Serious Eats

The fest has two sessions—12-2pm and 4-6pm—and two ticket options. Grab a VIP ticket for $85 or general admission for $70. VIPs get three drink tickets, a drink from Buffalo Trace, ten poutine tickets, an hour of early admission and a Poutine Fest souvenir bag and pint glass. General admission ticket-holders get two drink tickets, a drink from Buffalo Trace, ten poutine tickets and a Poutine Fest souvenir bag. Ticket sales will benefit Growing Home, a nonprofit that aims to empower the community through urban farming.

 Courtesy of Looky Tasty

Courtesy of Looky Tasty

Check out the one-day-only event, just a 9-minute walk from Presidential Towers in the West Loop!