Travel Manitoba eNews - August 2013
Festival Feeding Frenzy
It’s no surprise that with Manitoba’s agricultural roots that food takes top billing at several Manitoba festivals.
Hot, buttery corn and fresh, ice-cold apple cider give the Morden Corn and Apple Festival, August 23-25, its name. This is one of Manitoba’s largest street festivals, complete with a parade, midway, live entertainment and arts and crafts for the kids. The free buttered corn is a 47-year tradition at the festival. The corn is grown locally in specially timed plots to yield enough of the sweet cobs in time for the festival. The apple cider is a nod to the many varieties of apple trees developed in the Agriculture Canada Morden Research Station. The specially developed “Morden Festival” apple ripens just in time for the end of August festival.
Barbecue is on the menu at the Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival, August 16 to 18 at Red River Exhibition Park. This festival features pitmasters competing for the Grand Champion title in the four meat categories of pork butt, pork back or St. Louis ribs, chicken and beef brisket. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, this meat-lovers dream also features a chili cook-off and Sunday Brunch. Plus, don’t forget the music, with blues performers and bands including David Wilcox, Wide Mouth Mason, and Winnipeg’s own Big Dave McLean.