Smoke’s Poutinerie is driving coast to coast to celebrate Canada’s own famous food, poutine.
Monday morning they hit Kelowna where hundreds flooded into Kerry Park for a chance to eat free poutine and watch three competitive eaters take on a special Kelowna poutine challenge.
Ryan Smolkin, Founder of Smoke’s Poutinerie, is spending weeks in a special company RV, with his family, driving coast-to-coast celebrating poutine in 17 different cities.
“I am taking this puppy across the country for the,” Smolkin takes a breath, “Smoke’s Poutinerie Great Canadian Cross-Country Plaid Gravy Train Fries Curd and Gravy Weird Wild and Wacky Poutine Eating Tour 2014!”
As a tribute to the Okanagan, the competitive eaters had to stomp, make and drink poutine wine (a secret blend of cheese curds, gravy, fries, water and soda) as a special addition to their Kelowna competition.
“You are obviously known in this area for the fine wine that is produced here so we had to do the Smoke’s Poutine type wine. So we had our eaters stomping the wine, making it and then chugging back the wine afterwards,” jokes Smolkin. “It was the perfect age, legs, everything it was beautiful, beautiful wine.”
After making their own blend with their feet the competitive eaters had to chug 72 ounces of the gravy laden mix to see who could do it in the fastest time.
Tim ‘Gravy’ Brown was one of these food guzzlers. He says a competitive eater is someone who can quickly eat food for glory and money.
Brown was joined by "Furious" Pete Czerwinski and Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti to wow crowds across Canada with their speed-eating skills.
In the end "Furious" Pete Czerwinski of Toronto reigned supreme downing six glasses of mashed up poutine in just one minute and 36 seconds.
“It was hilarious, a scream, an amazing sight to see people down poutine like that in a matter of seconds, it is a phenomenal feat,” laughs Kelowna location owners, Terri Goldsmith and Jim Stewart
The Kelowna location of Smoke’s Poutinerie has been open almost a year and the owners joke they are doing their best with the bar closing crowds.
Their busiest time is between 2 and 4 a.m. which they affectionately call the poutine zombie hour.
The Smoke’s Poutinerie Great Canadian Cross-Country Plaid Gravy Train Fries Curd and Gravy Weird Wild and Wacky Poutine Eating Tour 2014 makes their final stop tomorrow in Vancouver.