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Poutine power


The judging is done, the online votes are tallied and Taavi’s Supreme BBQ Poutine took the title of this year’s Poutine Challenge Winner.
According to Alouette Hotel owner Jeremy Macleod and Judy Rautavirta, owner of Taavi’s in the hotel, they tried a variety of different kinds of poutine, using the staff as testers and it wasn’t until the Supreme BBQ Poutine was presented did they know they had a potential winner.
“I like BBQ and thought it would be different,” Rautavirta said of the poutine they entered. She went on to say that approximately ten poutines a day were purchased throughout the contest period and they were extremely happy with the results.
“We enjoyed participating in the contest, we received lots of social media exposure,” she added.
Taavi’s was one of four participants with the Lion’s Dish, Wescana Inn and the Kikiwak Inn rounding out the competition.
“It was a close race. When we tallied the judging score cards and the online votes, it was nice to see how close it actually was,” Opasquia Times Advertising manager Mike McFarland commented.
McFarland added the judging scores were extremely close with the variety of categories keeping things exciting. “We had very creative poutines and some extremely flavorful ones as well. The judging was close on all of them for a variety of reasons.”
The Poutine Challenge was a joint promotion brought to the community by the paper and local radio station CJAR and follows in the footsteps of last year’s Burger Challenge.
When asked what next year’s challenge would be McFarland commented there are a couple of ideas being bounced around already including going back to the Burger Challenge and maybe alternating between the two yearly.