L/A Poutine Feast-ival set for today with food, music and pichenotte

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LEWISTON — The Dolard & Priscilla Gendron Franco Center will host the first L/A Poutine Feast-ival from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the street and inside the center at 46 Cedar St.

“The corner of Oxford and Cedar streets will become a block party with food trucks serving your favorite Quebecois poutine,” said Francis Gagnon, the volunteer coordinator. “Inside the magnificent building, the Franco Center will open the bar and the kitchen with Franco favorites such as pea soup, meat pie and beans and hot dogs, to name a few.”

A competitive pichenotte board-game tournament will begin at 3 p.m. for the L/A Pichenotte crown title trophy. Call 207-783-1585, visit FrancoCenter.org or find it on Facebook to register and for more information. Registration the day of the event starts at 2 p.m.

Food and beverage tickets start at $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Booklets include four food/drink vouchers. Early sign-up is encouraged, as the Pichenotte Tournament will fill quickly and food and beverage booklets may sell out.

Some guest vendors include Pinky D’s, the Crepe Bar, Tripp’s Farm and Smokey’s Greater Shows. Tickets are best purchased in advance by calling 207-783-1585, visiting the box office at 46 Cedar St. or go to FrancoCenter.org.

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The event is sponsored in part by the Quebec Government Delegation in Boston, Central Distributors, Unibroue, Maine Family Federal Credit Union, Dirigo Federal Credit Union, Mailhot’s Best Sausage, Photo Finish, Lewiston and Auburn public libraries, the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, the Franco-American Collection at USM, Museum L/A, and the Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques.

Volunteers are needed. Anyone interested, including musicians interested in volunteering to play short live sets and participating in a “jam session” at the end of the night, should contact Mitch Thomas at 207-783-1585.

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