Here’s a tip: arrive at ManyFest on an empty stomach.
The two-day downtown Winnipeg street festival this weekend is promising the most food trucks ever. More than 40 of them will line Broadway and the surrounding area for the seventh annual festival, known for combining several events into one massive party.
Across the Board Game Café at 211 Bannatyne Avenue is a unique style of restaurant in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. This is their second location and an absolutely beautiful room with soaring ceilings, chandeliers and two walls of windows. Cheerfully adorning a number of walls are bookshelves full of games, old and new from all over the world.
On the evening we visited, one of the concept’s owners, Olaf Pytllik, was our Game Master. He spoke about how the café came to be and that the over 1,000 games on display were once housed in his basement. He also told us about the current board game business and how the game that we were playing was an award winner the previous year.
Winnipeg-based SkipTheDishes is now delivering liquor to whet your whistle.
The online food delivery service is piloting beer, fine wines and spirits to Winnipeggers. De Luca Fine Wines, Fort Garry Brewing Company, Ellement Fine Wines and Spirits are some of the partners already on board.
The Winnipeg dining scene has recently changed with government permission granted for “brew pubs” in the city. A brew pub can brew beer on site as well as offer up lunch and dinner for a full chef-directed kitchen. Winnipeg now boasts three such establishments and recently we visited One Great City at 1596 Ness Avenue.
We live just across the Assiniboine River from the Polo Park area and we decided to walk on a beautiful summer evening. Upon arrival, we were both hungry and thirsty and looking forward to the visit. The first order of business was our thirst and we chose a beer “flight” so we could taste four of the six beers which were premise-brewed.