Whether you like cooking or simply like enjoying the fruits of someone else’s labour, it’s a great time to be a foodie in Manitoba, with FUSION, the Downtown Farmers’ Market and RAW:almond topping off our list. But that’s not the only sense that will be engaged this week. You can enjoy your pint of beer from Little Brown Jug with a side of opera, or you can head to the Centennial Concert Hall for a behind-the-scenes look at the world of music and figure skating. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…

Learn to cook  traditional  Filipino and Japanese cuisine

Fusion: A Social Cooking Experience

January 18
Kitchen Sync

This lively evening of cooking and entertainment will provide you with an introduction to the traditional cuisine from Winnipeg’s Filipino and Japanese communities. Learn to make a three-course cultural meal while enjoying live entertainment and demos.

Dine on ice

RAW:almond

January 19 to February 13
The Forks (on the ice)

The pop-up foodie event of the season is back and better than ever! RAW:almond is a unique dining experience that brings you onto the ice for a once-in-a-lifetime meal served by chefs around the world. Lucky you, tickets are still up for grabs – but don’t wait, the event sells out every year!

Visit an indoor farmers market

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January 18
Cityplace, 333 St. Mary Avenue

Long after the Farmers’ Markets of summer have packed up their goods and left for the season, the Downtown Farmers’ Market heads indoors and continues to bring awesome local goods to the people of Winnipeg. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular farmers’ market offers fresh baking, vinegar, jams, spices, meat, sauces, fruits, vegetables and preserves.

Feel rejuvenated at a winter wellness festival

Snowflake Winter Wellness Festival

January 21
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg

Infuse your winter with movement, rejuvenation, inspiration and connection at the Snowflake Winter Wellness Festival. This festival focuses on self-care through activities like yoga, meditation, massage and more, with instructors from across Canada.

Discover a magical world of ice

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Photo by Viraj Nagar

Opens January 5
The Forks

It’s here, it’s finally here! Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring outdoor experience that brings fairytales to life through interactive ice structures. Expect to be mesmerized by ice that lights up and twinkles to music as you wander through a magical environment of ice-carved slides, frozen thrones, fountains and maze-like tunnels.

Swing into Ag Days

Manitoba Ag Days

January 16 to 18
Keystone Centre, Brandon

The 41st year of Manitoba Ag Days features over 10 acres of farm exhibits; attracting visitors and exhibitors from across Canada and the north central United States. Canada’s largest indoor farm show will also showcase over 60 industry experts.

Try your hand at ice fishing

Ice Fishing For Beginners: FortWhyte Alive

January 20
FortWhyte Alive

Fishing fun doesn’t have to end when the lakes freeze over. This introductory crash course in ice fishing will teach you all you need to know about reeling in a big one through the ice!

Skate down the Red River Mutual Trail

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Art installation, Sonus Loci, along the River Trail. Photo via The Forks.

The Forks

Take in the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen them before, from the frozen Red River! Venture out to The Forks to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: skating, walking, curling, hockey, family activities, historic interpretation, cycling, broom ball, and much more.

Catch a show at Winnipeg’s french theatre

Le Cercle Molière presents Tubby et Nottubby: Tempus extraordinarius

On until January 27
Théâtre Cercle Molière, Winnipeg

Our favourite clowns return to muse about a simple yet well known phrase: To be or not to be. Tubby et Nottubby: Tempus extraordinarius focuses on the strength and frailty of love and dreams – the greatest defense against the harsh cruelty of reality.  Subtitles are available on Opening Night, Wednesday & Saturday evening performances.

Listen to the music of the ice

Music of the Ice with Kurt Browning

January 19 to 21
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Go behind-the-scenes with anecdotes from the world of figure skating with World Champion and Olympian Kurt Browning. The evening will feature figure skating’s greatest hits, including music famously used by skaters like Phantom of the Opera (Davis & White, Patrick Chan) and Boléro (Torvill & Dean).

Enjoy your pint with a splash of opera

Opera by the Pint

January 17
Little Brown Jug Brewing Company, Winnipeg

The casual, laid-back atmosphere of Little Brown Jug is the perfect backdrop for experiencing the fantastical world of opera. See emerging and established artists share their music, unrehearsed and raw. Admission is FREE.

Explore Manitoba’s amazing art galleries

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Exhibition shot from Janet Shaw Russell’s This Fragile Dwelling Place

For the curious and the creative, Manitoba is teeming with art galleries that reflect our unique regions, cultures and histories. These galleries are found in every corner of the province, delivering thought-provoking and compelling works from international talent and artists found right here in Manitoba. Here are 10 amazing art galleries you can’t miss!

Gaze into the night sky

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January 18
Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh has the best skies. When it isn’t full of birds, it’s littered with the brightest stars. Attend the next Astronomy Night  and get to know our winter stars and the stories behind them. The evening starts in the theatre and continues to an outdoor observation session on the rooftop.

Catch a giggle fit at Rumor’s Comedy Club

Pete Johansson at Rumor's Comedy Club

January 16 to 20
Rumor’s Comedy Club

If you’re in need of a hearty laugh or two, look no further than Winnipeg’s own Rumor’s Comedy Club, where UK-based comic Pete Johansson will take the stage.