Smoke’s Poutine Eating Contest Campus Edition: Concordia vs. McGill
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending my first poutine eating contest. This event was proposed to the John Molson Marketing Association at Concordia by Campus Perks, who also got together a corresponding team from McGill to compete. Sponsored by Smoke’s Poutinerie in support of Right To Play, there was only one thing on the menu that day: poutine, and lots of it. The event was hosted by Irish Embassy.
The competition was scheduled to start at noon. To be honest, I found this a little early for university students on a Saturday. The feeling was reciprocated by the many attendees (and some participants) that arrived hung over and late. One of the JMMA members even showed up in a 3 Amigos sombrero and a gorilla suit. Once the owners of Smoke’s arrived, with all the necessary components neatly packaged separately, things started to get moving. I think it was the intoxicating smell of the gravy filling the back room at Irish Embassy that got people going.
By the time the competition was ready to start, there was a solid group of supporters for both sides, Concordia’s being a little more. This was hardly surprising since Irish Embassy is in Concordia territory. After a brief intro to establish the rules, the competitors set off to what would turn out to be a photo finish. The competitors all opted to go fork free. Anthony stumbled off the line causing Concordia to fall behind early. Nick, from McGill, managed to maintain that lead for a while, until Concordia’s Pepe came out of nowhere with a blazing fast time of 54.63 seconds. I think I lost track of his hands for a second. After Pepe and Andrew finished their portions, it was neck and neck. Steven and John both fought hard, but in the end, Steven came out ahead, leaving John with just one or two bites left and the salty taste of defeat in his mouth. The Concordia supporters erupted in cheers after the victory.
Unfortunately after preliminary video review, Concordia was disqualified due to having a competitor start before his teammate swallowed his last bite. I noticed the same happen to the McGill squad, but no one was paying attention to them except the CTV cameraman. Someone higher up in Campus Perks will be reviewing the video for a final verdict. I have to give credit to both teams, because, despite the controversial judgement, neither team was in a hurry to argue their position. They were all just happy to compete and scarf down some free poutine.
After the competition, the owners from Smoke’s were generous enough to offer a free serving of poutine to all the attendees. I didn’t hesitate to get mine. I guess I’ll chalk it up to the fries and gravy getting cold while sitting out during the competition, but I have to say that my poutine wasn’t too good. That being said, I could taste the potential and will definitely hit up Smoke’s for a fresh poutine in the near future before giving a legitimate critique.
Stay hungry friends!