Filling the gap left by the no longer operating Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Cobourg’s first Poutine Festival is happening this weekend – Thursday to Sunday in Victoria Park. It was not well advertised so attendance was a little below expectations when I visited on Friday at around noon. There was also no beer tent and the only “entertainment” that I saw was recorded music and a bean bag toss game. But those who were there seemed to be enjoying their icecreams and other food – presumably including Poutine. I spoke with one of the vendors who was involved in organizing the event and he said that they were working with the Town and the Lions club and assuming traffic picked up as expected later Friday and through the weekend, that next year there would be more publicity (e.g. via Social Media) and probably a beer tent. They might even move the date to coincide with the sandcastle festival.
But the good news this year is that there is no fence and no admission fee and the weather is good.
The announcement of the event (as shown on the Cobourg Internet Calendar here), was upbeat and informative:
We’ll have the tunes bumpin’, games for the whole family, tasty treats and many amazing poutines to try! Join us August 29th to September 1st for a great weekend at Victoria Park!
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available.
Poutine Contest on Sunday!
To be a judge or volunteer for the weekend, please send us a message!
No admission fees.
This season we are encouraging everyone to bring their own reusable forks and/or straws to help reduce the use of plastic waste.
Poutine Vendors: The Upper Deck, BBQ Babes, Fat Les’s Chip Stand, Smokin’ R&R’s, Herberts Fries
Dessert Vendors: Mrs. Mini Donuts, Mr. Swirl, Miss Ellie’s Lemonade
Other: Herberts Hot Dogs
Sponsored by St-Albert Cheese Factory!
Thursday, Aug 29 11am – 9pm
Friday, Aug 30 11am – 9pm
Saturday, Aug 31 11am – 9pm
Sunday, Sep 1 11am – 7pm
A couple more photos