It’s that time of year again, poutine enthusiasts! New Hampshire PoutineFest made its comeback as the largest poutine festival in the United States. The event took place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten in Merrimack, NH. But this year, there was an even more exciting reason to attend – the return of Red Arrow Diner to the competition!
Red Arrow Diner: A Poutine Legend
Red Arrow Diner has long been celebrated for serving up some of the most delectable poutine in New Hampshire. Our mouthwatering combination of crispy fries, savory gravy, and tasty cheese curds has won the hearts of many, and it’s no wonder why we’re a crowd favorite. But what made this year’s NH PoutineFest so special is that it marked Red Arrow Diner’s return to the competition after a brief hiatus since 2021. Our team hoped to make our mark in the festival once again and secure the 2023 champion slot in the Restaurant Hall of Fame, but we won second place at NH PoutineFest this year. Out of 1,300 votes, we missed first place by just six votes.
Supporting a Great Cause
What sets NH PoutineFest apart is its commitment to giving back to the community. This beloved event benefits the Franco-American Centre (FAC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating French language, culture, and heritage in New Hampshire and beyond. By attending NH PoutineFest, you not only treated your taste buds to some of the finest poutine around but also contributed to a worthy cause.
As we celebrate the return of Red Arrow Diner to NH PoutineFest 2023, it’s essential to recognize the deep-rooted history that our iconic eatery represents. The Red Arrow Diner first opened its doors on Lowell Street in Manchester, NH, back in October 1922, marking the beginning of a century-long journey through New Hampshire’s culinary landscape. The founder and original owner, David Lamontagne, and his wife, Mabel, established not only a diner but a legacy that has endured through generations. It’s fascinating to note that Red Arrow’s history is intertwined with the rich French-Canadian heritage of Manchester, a city with strong ties to the culture and traditions of the region. This connection is a testament to the authenticity of the poutine served at Red Arrow, paying homage to its roots and embracing the flavors that have delighted taste buds for over a century. So, when you savored Red Arrow’s poutine at NH PoutineFest, you did not just enjoy a delicious dish; you participated in a tradition that spans generations and pays homage to Manchester’s rich history, culture, and the enduring legacy of the Lamontagne family. It’s a true New Hampshire experience, rich with flavor and history.