This week, Manitoba lends itself to new experiences of taste and sight. Start your taste testing adventure at the Winnipeg Wine Festival where you can sample wines from around the globe. Next, visit a spring craft show or the Downtown Farmers’ Market to try an array of homemade Manitoba food. The last week of the annual Ciao! ChocolateFest will show you the best of chocolate from local restaurants and bakeries, which really, is the ideal way to end any month. To engage your sight; head to one of our rural art galleries or embark on a barn quilt tour in the Interlake. It’s going to be a fantastic week. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…
Expand your wine horizons at the Winnipeg Wine Festival
April 30 to May 6
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Take your senses on a world tour at the Winnipeg Wine Festival! From unique and fun ancillary events to a gala dinner and auction, the festival has everything you could wish for if you’re a wine lover. This year’s theme country, California, brings over 149 wines from 40 wineries to the event! The festival is one of the largest and most respected wine festivals in the country as well as the largest single fundraiser for Special Olympics Manitoba.
Zip through Pembina Valley
Fly through the air and take in a killer view on a ziplining adventure. Hy-Wire Zipline Adventures will take you into the Pembina Valley from 200 feet above with their signature 5 or 8 line tour. The tour includes 1 km of hiking with the average outing lasting just over an hour.
Shop a downtown farmers’ market
The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ will once again be hosting its Downtown Indoor Farmer’s Market, this time at Manitoba Hydro Place. Whether you’re searching for fresh, local produce, baked treats, delicious preserves, tasty meats, cheeses or fish, or if you’re in the market for a stunning piece of jewelry, there’s a lot to see and shop for in this warm, friendly environment.
Hold onto the edge of your seat at a film fest
Gas Station Theatre, Winnipeg
There is no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2017 edition of the Radical Reels Tour! Jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. Experience wild action sports as seen through the eyes of some of today’s top athletes and most talented adventure sport filmmakers.
Shop ’til you drop at a spring craft sale
Who said craft sales should only be in the fall? Luckily, Manitoba never got the memo. Embark on an epic spring craft sale road trip to check out these upcoming shows…
Winnipeg, Spring 2017 WEST Etsy Market, St. James Civic Centre
Winnipeg, The Half Moon Market, King’s Head Pub
Garson, Annual Spring Craft/Trade Show, Garson Community Centre
Oakbank, 4th Annual Spring Craft Sale & Trade Show, Dugald Community Centre
Beausejour, B.J Busy Bees Craft Sale, Beau-Head Senior Centre
Winnipeg, Spring Mixer Craft & Vendor Show, 420 Corydon Avenue
Winnipeg, All about Mom Craft and Vendor Show, Sunova Centre, West Saint Paul
Satiate a sugar craving
All month long
If you have a weakness for sweetness, particularly that of the chocolate variety, then a month-long chocolate fest is the perfect way to satiate any sugar craving. Ciao!’s annual ChocolateFest offers the chance to indulge in some of the most decadent desserts across the city, but only for the month of April.
Feel the romance at the Winnipeg Opera
Centennial Concert Hall
Ah, unrequited love. As heart wrenching as it is; it does make for a heartfelt story. Based on the German Romantic poet, Goethe’s, semi-autobiographical novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Werther tells the story of a young poet who falls in love with an unattainable woman, and the tragedy that follows.
Delve into abstract thinking
On until April 29
Winkler Arts + Culture Centre
This is your last chance to see art from incredible local abstract artist Esther Hildebrand, on now at the Winkler Arts + Culture Centre, where admission is always free! “Symphony of Art” represents Esther’s freedom of expression, bursting with color, energy, shapes and lines that are open to interpretation from all who view it.
Explore the power of sound waves
On until May 13
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Now on at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Wnoondwaamin explores the occupation and capacity of soundwaves; with each artist focusing on a different aspect of the reception of sound. Listen to the chorus of artwork and continue the conversation on the power that sound carries beyond the merely audible.
Swing into Sister Act
April 24 to 29
The Bend Theatre, Strathclair
If you loved the movie, you’re going to love Strathclair’s Drama Club‘s 35th annual musical production of Sister Act! Tickets can be purchased at the Bend Theatre or over the phone.
Rev it up at a car show
April 28 to 30
East End Arena, Winnipeg
Auto enthusiasts gather this weekend at the 17th Annual Rodarama Car Show. See tons of incredible vehicles, most of which are still functional and driven daily in the summer months.
Embark on an epic hike
Hiking in Manitoba means you never need to worry about altitude sickness. But that’s not to say the province’s broad, sweeping canvas is bland. Ma Nature painted in tall wild grass prairie, rolling, forested hills, undulating river valleys, vast wetlands and the occasional view-encompassing escarpment. Go for a hike this week on one of Manitoba’s great trails.
Take a barn quilt tour
Various locations in the Interlake
Barn Quilts are exactly what you’d expect – giant quilts on the side of barns! But these quilts aren’t made with your traditional fabric and thread. Instead, they are painting onto wood and hung on barns old and new throughout the Interlake and make for gorgeous roadside attractions. Go on a unique roadtrip and snap a photo of every barn quilt along the way.
Be enthralled by contemporary dance
April 27 to 29
211 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg
DYK: Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers is Canada’s oldest contemporary dance company, founded by Rachel Browne in 1964. Experience this historical arts company at ANTYHING BUT ABSOLUTE ZERO, featuring two world premieres performed by WCD dancers.
See a story about true grit
On until May 13
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
With Red River settlement as its backdrop, Sarah Ballenden tells the story of the Métis wife of a high-ranking Hudson’s Bay Company officer who shows true grit even in the midst of turmoil when everything and everyone seems to be against her.
See a new twist on an old tale
On until April 29
For a new twist on an old tale, check out the Manitoba Theatre for Young People this weekend for its presentation of Gretel and Hansel. In this script, Gretel isn’t quite pleased with the idea of Hansel being in the picture and schemes to get rid of him right along with the witch.