Alright, huddle up! It's been eight years since the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have played in the Grey Cup, meaning eight years of not having a Grey Cup party where Manitobans get to cheer for their home team! But this Sunday we're getting ready to yell, cheer, rep our blue and gold, and of course – eat! Here's the game plan for a Manitoba-made meal to get you revved up for an unforgettable afternoon...
Grey Cup parties are all about finger food! And at the top of the heap? Wings, obviously... Little Bones Wings started slinging wings from a food truck window in Winnipeg but now you can buy these tender breaded beauties at major grocery stores across the province. Get ready to lick your fingers clean with these tasty morsels.
Even if you aren't meat-inclined, finger food is still a must. A bag of La Cocina tortilla chips – thin, crispy and beautifully salted – is a great kick off to an afternoon of eating. Pair them with a bit of Happy Dance Hummus and you'll be up on your feet cheering before the game even begins.
First quarter munchies
As the tension in the game rises you want to have something easy to munch on. Mr. Biltong has you covered! This handcrafted jerky is created in the South African tradition where meat is slowly air-dried at low temperatures – the result is less salty and tastes more like meat than the conventionally processed counterparts. Try original, spicy cayenne or red-hot habanero flavours, all guaranteed to get you fired up during the game.
A milder but just as tasty snack is a Bothwell Cheese board. Bothwell produces over 20 different cheeses in Bothwell, Manitoba, from black truffle to classic cheddar. An assortment of their cheese is sure to please even the pickiest party-goer and it's so easy to throw together. Just cube the cheese, throw it on a plate and you're ready for the snap!
Halftime Main Course
Though we may not have the right weather to pull the BBQ back out, hot dogs are still a touchdown of a halftime meal, especially when Winkler Meat's hot dogs are made in Manitoba and are the official hot dog of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Kick up your dogs with some Smak Dab mustard and some classic Manitoban Old Dutch potato chips to finish the plate for that two-point conversion.
Obviously, you need something to wash down all this food and what goes better with finger food than a craft beverage? Farmery Estate Brewery, located near Neepawa, whips up craft beers made with hops and barley grown in Manitoba on their family-run farm. For the younger folk on your viewing team, Farmery also offers up a line of malted alcohol-free sodas made from their natural barley malt. Pick from root beer, prairie berry cream and pink lemonade to keep you refreshed while on the sidelines.
At the three-minute warning it's time for a sweet finish. The specialty cookies, doughnuts and chocolates made by bakeries and chocolatiers in Winnipeg make the perfect finish to a game well-played. Indulge in these sweet treats and enjoy the reward of a well-executed game plan.