As much as Manitobans like to grumble about the frigid temperatures, we sure know how to make the best out of winter. This is as true of dining out as any other form of entertainment; just look at the variety of food events happening over the next few weeks. Whether you want to embrace the cold and dine outside or prefer your meals in the comfort of a heated restaurant, there’s plenty going on.
Jan. 24 – Feb. 13
The on-ice pop-up restaurant is back for its second year at the Forks. Co-created by restaurateur/chef Mandel Hitzer and architect/designer Joe Kalturnyk, the restaurant is featuring 11 local chefs and one guest chef over its three week run. In addition to 3 nightly dinner seatings, RAW:almond is offering a tasting lounge and first-come-first-served weekend brunches.
For more information, visit the Deer + Almond Facebook page.
Cost: $22, $45, $100 (plus tax and gratuity) for brunch, tasting lounge, and dinner, respectively. Brunch is cash only. A few tickets remain for dinner and are available at Deer + Almond: 85 Princess St. in the Exchange, or call (204) 504-8562.
Dinner and a Show at Fort Whyte
Jan. 31 & Feb. 28
What better way to enjoy our beautiful prairie winters than a cozy evening of dining and entertainment overlooking the Fort Whyte grounds? The award-winning Buffalo Stone Café will be open for a delicious three-course dinner prepared by Chef Peter Karamchand, followed by a performance by a local folk musician.
For more information, visit fortwhyte.org.
Cost: Adult tickets $45, children 10 and under $25 (includes tax and gratuity). Call the café to reserve: (204) 989-8370.
Dine About Winnipeg
Back for another year, Ciao magazine’s “Dine About” encourages diners to experience the best of our city’s culinary talent. Twenty-eight restaurants are offering a three-course set price dinner menu for either $28 or $36. Reservations are required, and many will sell out.
For a list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit ciaowinnipeg.com.
Cost: $28/36 (excludes beverages, taxes, and gratuity).
A Moveable Feast
Feb. 13, 4:45-8:00pm
This event combines several Winnipeg winter aspects – making the best of the weather, enjoying local restaurants, and traveling along the river trails – on bicycles! A Moveable Feast is a cycling tour that gives people the opportunity to try several urban restaurants while celebrating our winter wonderland.
For more information including participating venues, visit wintercyclingcongresswinnipeg.org.
Cost: $35/ticket; includes 5 restaurants. Reserve your spot online.
Festival du Voyageur
What would Manitoba winters be without this annual festival celebrating French Canadian culture? This year marks Festival du Voyageur’s 45th anniversary, wherein Winnipeg’s French quarter becomes host to Western Canada’s largest winter festival. There are performances and activities, but many people go just for the food! Whether you want to sit down in a heated tent with some traditional comfort food or wander the grounds while enjoying treats from one of the outdoor vendors, there’s something for everyone. Hé Ho!
For information on food suppliers and where to buy tickets, visit festivalvoyageur.mb.ca.
Cost: Varies by vendor, typically under $10/food item. Bring cash! Admission is required and ranges from $8-15 for a day pass, $10-28 for a 10 day pass. Children 5 and under admitted for free.