The second-largest eating competition in the world, and the largest involving poutine, is coming to Toronto this weekend.
Sanctioned by Major League Eating (MLE), the World Poutine Eating Competition (WPEC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Yonge and Dundas Square this year, from 10 am to 4 pm on October 19.
That means the city’s seen a decade of gravy-fuelled, fierce competition… and this year’s event might just take the cake.
Hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut will be there, as will many of the fastest eaters in the world.
Major League Eaters from all over the world will take part in the Professional Eat-Off while industry CEOs will devour endless boxes of fries, curds, and gravy in the CEO Charity Eat-Off.
The CEO Charity Eat-Off has raised over $100,000 in charitable donations to benefit the brand’s national charity partner, Friends of We Care. Additional fundraising on-site will be raised through beer ticket sales inside the Brock Street Brewing Company Beer Lounge, and t-shirt sales featuring limited edition, custom shredded, designer tees.
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“When we launched this puppy back in 2009, it was all about the eating, and entertaining our fans in a totally unexpected way!” says Ryan Smolkin, CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) of Smoke’s Poutinerie, in a release.
“Now, even though we bring our own brand of entertainment to our fans, it’s truly all about the kids — about contributing over $250,000 so far to charity, that’s why we throw this ROCK N’ ROLL Stage Show!”
There will be no shortage of lumberjack plaid and 80s glam rock tunes as the amps are turned up to eleven.
And, as always, fans will get the chance to indulge in free poutine, exciting sponsored activations, selfie spots, prizing, and more!
World Poutine Eating Championship
When: October 19, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street E