If there is one thing Manitobans like to celebrate, it’s food. You name it – they have it. Several of the communities honor foods native to their area throughout the year. These communities present visitors from around the world with the cream of the crop and immerse everyone in the culture and lifestyle behind these delectable, edible idols. There is plenty of good food, family fun, friendly people, and fantastic music. Here are just a few of these great Manitoba tributes to food:
Portage La Prairie’s Potato Festival
No matter whether you bake them, fry them, mash them, or barbeque them, potatoes are a dietary staple with worldwide appeal. The Potato Festival, held on Island Park, attracts famous potato treats and homemade goodies from all over and offers them in a farmer’s market style venue. Visitors can come out and sample these delicious treats. Who knows? You might discover a new addiction.
The festival isn’t just great food. With headliners like Doc Walker, this festival is the party of the century. Local music groups also get a chance to perform for attendees in the ‘Battle of the Bands.’ Besides bragging rights, the last band standing gets to perform on the exhibition’s main stage. This year, Doc Walker performs on August 16th, 2008.
Morden’s Corn and Apple Festival
Prefer something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Morden Manitoba’s Corn and Apple Festival, held yearly on the fourth week of August, has been a favorite event of the community since 1967. This is a massive three-day festival that boasts an attendance of more than 50 000 people. Music includes several local groups and upcoming stars as well as big names such as The Wilkinsons and the Muddy River Quartet. Historical fashion shows, a midway, an arts and craft sale, car show, the crowning of the Queen, and the list goes on. It is three days jam packed with fun and entertainment.
Pssst….Can you keep a secret? It’s FREE! The town prides itself on the fact that almost everything at the festival is free thanks to the generous corporate and private support. This means you not only get into the street festival and all of the music entertainment for FREE, but there is free transportation to and from the event as well as all of the iced apple cider and corn on the cob you can handle!
Plum Coulee’s Plum Fest
Plum Coulee, just outside of Winkler, celebrates well…plums! Held the second weekend of August, Plum Fest showcases this delicious fruit at the peak of the harvest season. Plum pie, plum jam…it’s all on display in all its glory (Note — Bring a container of wet naps!)
This festival is designed with families in mind. The main street becomes plum party central and hosts a variety of dancing, music, and family activities to fill the entire three days. A petting zoo and kid zone will keep the children entertained while ‘Plum Fest Idol’ lets you see if you have the ‘it’ factor when it comes to your own star power and vocal prowess.
Eriksdale Museum Creamery Days
Disguised as a country jambouree, the Eriksdale Museum Creamery Days commemorates everything and anything to do with milk. A parade, scavenger hunt, and a realm of other activities are held throughout the town north of Winnipeg. Music and dancing is also a main portion of the celebration with a massive barbeque to fill hungry tummies. This year, the event is being held on Aug 23, 2008.
These are just a few of the great festivals being held in Manitoba this year. We haven’t gotten to many of the other important festivals like Folkarama and Pumpkin Fest. To find out if Manitobans will be celebrating your favorite food or to find out what else is happening in the province, visit TravelManitoba.com.
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