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Festival draws food lovers to Grimsby

The second annual Grimsby Poutine, Mac ‘n Cheese and Cheesecake Festival took place this weekend at the West Niagara Fairgrounds.

An admission fee of $5 per person was valid for the whole weekend with no charge for children under 12.

A wide variety of lunch and dinner foods were available, including different types of poutine, mac ‘n cheese and beef patties, as well as a selection of snacks like pretzels, cheesecake, ice cream and candy.

Visitor Ocianna Doucette said she prefers to stick to poutine while grabbing something to eat at the festival.

Classic poutine with cheese curds and gravy was just one of the many options.

“[I love] the poutine, obviously,” she said. “I love all of it: the cheese, the gravy, the fries. If they have it, my favourite type of poutine to get is the pulled pork poutine with a lemonade.”

For those who weren’t hungry, a variety of indoor and outdoor vendors were selling various items like keychains, desserts, wallets and crystals.

Lynn Deakin, selling butter tarts, said her gluten-free options are what make them unique.

“It’s hard to get gluten-free products, especially pastries,” Deakin said. “Pastry is really hard to make. It’s a real science, and mine is very good, actually.”

The festival is expected to return for its third annual event next October.

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