Two bean, or not two bean tacos.
That is the question hungry Winnipeg Fringe Festival goers will ask during the 12-day festival.
They may also have to pick between poutine chicken wings, butter chicken or a sticky bun.
That's just some of the food available this year in Old Market Square, the festival's hub for dining, beer and live music.
This year, 10 food purveyors were awarded the prized spots on the festival's food roster, though an 11th vendor is expected to be added by opening day
"I always get way more [applicants] than I can take," says Candace Maxwell, the festival's outdoor site manager. "We try to get a range of food [and desserts] with no duplicates."
During a secret taste test in spring, Fringe Festival staff sampled some of the applicants' food to make their final decisions.
This year, four food tent vendors and six food trucks will dish festival food around Old Market Square.
Shannon and Mark Langtry, the husband and wife team behind new food truck Habanero Sombrero, are one of three new food vendors at the Fringe Festival. (Robin Summerfield)
New purveyors this year are Habanero Sombrero and Jonnies Sticky Buns.
This year's returnees are Lemon Heaven (lemonade), Little Bones Wingery (chicken wings), Stuff It (sandwiches), Sidewalk Sizzler (falafel, burgers and fries), India Palace (East Indian curries and samosas), Nucci's Gelati (Italian ice cream), Stella's Café (sandwiches and pastries) and a mini-donut trailer.
"I really try to take some of the [vendors] that have been around for years but it also rotates itself really well," says Maxwell
Some vendors get out of the business, while others are booked at different festivals, and still others are naturally excluded because of the site's limited power, Maxwell says.
Festival newcomer Habanero Sombrero, and its owner Mark Langtry, are thrilled to be invited to the party. "That's our market, I think. It's also Old Market Square, there's a ton of people."
Langtry believes his past turns as a Fringe Festival performer, as both an actor on stage and musician at the beer gardens, helped his application for a coveted food vendor spot.
He says the Fringe is a fantastic way to introduce your food to a wider audience, like downtown business folks, theatre goers and neighbourhood residents and employees.
"Fringe is going to be huge."The Winnipeg Fringe Festival runs July 17 to 28.