Culinary Treats and Treasures
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Every fall, towns in all corners of the province open the doors to their community centres, churches, and recreation halls to host fall suppers, a celebration of the end of the farming season. This long standing tradition serves up some of the best home-cooked food imaginable, including turkey, meatballs, mashed potatoes, veggies, and hot buttery buns, finished off with mouth-watering pies of every kind. Fall suppers are fundraising efforts for the communities, but don't expect to pay through the nose to fill your belly. Generally tickets cost between $10 and $20 - a steal considering there are no restrictions on how high you can pile your plate.
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Has there ever been a better reason to explore Manitoba than the promise of a sweet, sticky, fresh-out-of-the-oven cinnamon bun? Enjoy a drive out to the country and then sample some of the province's best buns. In Beausejour, Serenity's Cottage Tea House serves up a cinnamon bun described as "ultra gooey, but not too sweet." Many say the Austin Bake & Coffee Shop's cinnamon buns are "the best in the West." What is guaranteed are fresh-made buns made daily from scratch. The St. Pierre Bakery's cinnamon buns made from a generations-old secret recipe are so popular they are available in communities throughout the region. Enjoy a cinnamon bun with an Icelandic twist at the Reykjavik Café in Gimli. The freshly made cinnamon swirls are available with white or chocolate icing.
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Integrity Foods offers Artisanal Baker for a Day experiences at a six-acre farm just north of Riverton. Organic farmers and bakers Dora and Cornelius Friesen introduce guests to the art of bread-making, using ancient grains, fresh-milled flour, and their wood-fired outdoor brick oven. In summer, the farm is a destination on Friday and Saturday evenings for Pizza Night on the Farm, a social event that often includes musical entertainment and always features a garden special - where guests take a basket into the garden and pick their own toppings.