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Poutine Trail seen as path to tourism growth

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 09/1/2017 8:15 AM

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Celeste Plouffe, the owner of The Old No. 12 Cafe and Lounge in Ste Anne, proudly shows off the restaurant’s new breakfast poutine, which will now be on the menu as part of the new Poutine Trail, which is being put on by CDEM.

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Celeste Plouffe, the owner of The Old No. 12 Cafe and Lounge in Ste Anne, proudly shows off the restaurant’s new breakfast poutine, which will now be on the menu as part of the new Poutine Trail, which is being put on by CDEM.

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A new idea has been cooked up that hopes to use the lure of poutine to attract visitors to a number of Southeast bilingual communities.

The Poutine Trail is a new concept created by CDEM Manitoba, an organization that works to spur economic development and attract visitors to local bilingual communities.

Restaurants in eight bilingual communities offer unique poutine recipes that were created in-house, and will be available on their menus for at least the next year.

Sylvie Foidart, the Tourism Development Coordinator for CDEM said the Poutine Trail is about giving people the opportunity to try new poutine recipes, but also about bringing Manitobans to communities they may not normally travel to.

"Tourism is one of those sectors in which we can help communities develop ideas that will bring tourists to those communities, and get people to spend money in those communities," Foidart said.

"And that was the goal with Poutine Trail, to get people to go out and discover what’s going on elsewhere, and have a good time and eat some delicious poutine."

The Old No. 12 Café and Lounge in Ste Anne has now added a brand new breakfast poutine to their menu as part of Poutine Trail, with the recipe featuring grilled baked potato chunks, topped with friend onions, bacon bits, cheese curds, gravy and sour cream.

Celeste Plouffe, the owner of The Old No. 12 Cafe and Lounge said it was an easy decision to get on board the Poutine Trail.

"I just thought right away it was a really cool idea," Plouffe said. "I like to add new things to my menu now and then, and just change things up a little bit.

"And this is a perfect way to get people out to these small communities, and great exposure for these businesses."

Plouffe said the new breakfast poutine is something she has made for herself and for others for years, and something she had hoped to one day put it on the restaurant’s menu.

"This is my own little recipe, and I just love it," she said.

The Poutine Trail will also see original poutine recipes offered in restaurants in Lorette, Richer, Marchand, Ste Agathe, St Pierre Jolys, St Malo and St Jean Baptiste.

Other recipes include a perogy poutine, popcorn chicken poutine, burger poutine and a sweet and spicy chicken poutine.

Foidart said CDEM has high hopes for their Poutine Trail, and big expectations of how many people it will bring out.

"We’re inviting people to come out and try poutine, but also to discover these communities," she said. "And there are already people knocking on the doors of these restaurants wanting to try the poutine.

"We have had such a positive reaction to this."

A full list of restaurants taking part in the Poutine Trial can be found by visiting poutinetrail.com.

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