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The Museum of Work & Culture’s 19th annual Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps event will take place on Sunday, March 25, at 1:30pm, and will celebrate Franco-American culture.
The day will include the MoWC’s eagerly anticipated 2nd Annual Best Rhode Island Poutine Competition. Restaurants and food trucks from across the state will compete to find out who makes the best version of the traditional Québecois dish of French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Last year’s champion, Friskie Fries, as well as Fan Favorite, Ciro’s Tavern, will be returning to compete against a new slate of competitors, including Adeline’s Speakeasy Kitchen Bar, Pomodoro Restaurant, and The Barn Food & Spirits. Woonsocket-based Ravenous Brewery will also be on hand to offer beer tastings.
Judges for the Poutine Competition include Dale Venturini, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association; Tom Ward, Publisher of The Valley Breeze; Marc Jacques, Senior Political and Economic Affairs Attaché for the Consulate General of Canada in Boston; Laurence Gagnon, Communications & Francophone Affairs Attaché for the Québec Délégation in Boston; Tim Beaulieu, organizer of the New Hampshire PoutineFest; and David Lahousse, owner of Kay’s Restaurant and The Lodge.
The judging will take place at 2:15pm, with the announcement of the Competition Champion and the Fan Favorite at 3:30pm.
Additional entertainment will include performances and called dances of French Canadian fiddle tunes and Cajun music by the band French Roast at 1:30pm and 3pm.
There will also be a screening of Le Semeur, a Québecois documentary film about artist and seed producer Patrice Fortier, who dedicates his passion and expertise to preserving plant biodiversity.
The day will conclude with the MoWCs annual raffle, with a grand prize of a trip for two to Québec City donated by Conway Tours.
Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps is made possible in part by the event’s generous sponsors: Délégation of Québec in Boston, the Consul General of Canada, Soucy Insurance Agency, Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, Conway Tours, Bourget & Associates, Villa at Saint Antoine, Councilman & Mrs. Daniel Gendron, Lepine Financial Advisors and Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery; along with Woonsocket Rotary Club, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and AAA Northeast; and DpArchitect, Esten & Richard Insurance, Mrs. Trudy Lamoureux, Nation Wide Construction, Wealth Management Resources, The Valley Breeze, and Lil’ General Convenience Store.