This is it, you guys. The last official weekend of summer. Temperatures might drop right away, and many of our favourite festivals are being replaced with corn mazes, Halloween-themed TV shows and living room dance parties.
This weekend there are a lot of great food events going on, and it's going to be a good time to catch some rays on a Corydon patio, get cheap eats at your favourite burger joint or check out your hometown college team try to best someone else's hometown college team. Oh, and it's a long weekend, so try to catch a nice dinner with your family or friends if you can.
Basically, just try to take in as much nice weather as you can before pumpkin-flavoured everything replaces patio drinks and your tan.
WHAT: SPORTS - Bison's Home Opener
When: Investors Group Stadium on the University of Manitoba campus
Where: Friday at 7 p.m.
Cost: $8 for students, $15 for non-students
If you're like me, you know very little about any professional or semi-professional or college sports. But, you also know going to see anyone play anything live where beer is being served is always fun. Always.
This Friday will be no exception. The University of Manitoba Bisons are playing their home opener at the new Investor's Group Field. The folks over there have tried to pack the stadium and offered free tickets to students until Wednesday, so there should be a lot of people there.
Plus, I can't think of a cuter Friday night date or friend-date than checking out your college football team and watching them play a sport you barely understand!
I imagine watching the sun set from the stadium wouldn't be too bad either.
WHAT: ART - WAG 100 Masters street party
Detail of Emily Carr's, "Big Raven", 1931. Oil on canvas. Vancouver Art Gallery (Trevor Mills)
When: Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Winnipeg Art Gallery
Cost: Outdoor party - FREE // Exhibit - $22
I've told you guys to go check out 100 Masters
before, but now is your last chance! The super successful Winnipeg Art
Gallery show is celebrating its last few days this weekend, and they're
sending it off with a street party.
the exhibit will be open until 5 p.m. with music, food vendors and other
party-related things happening outside. You can go in and check out the
exhibit or you can hang out outside and enjoy the revelries with a
bunch of folks who either like art or street parties.
Anytime the WAG involves itself in anything party related it tends to be an amazing time, so this one will be worth stopping by.
WHAT: FOOD - Taste the World
When: Friday and Saturday at lunch
Where: Multiple restaurants across Winnipeg
This is your last chance to check out Winnipeg's Taste the World culinary tour. The event, which has been on all month, offers $12 lunch menus at a bunch of really excellent restaurants.
For a few of the places participating, walking out having paid only $12 feels like highway robbery. If you're not sure where to start, try Fusion Grill on Academy or Mise on Corydon. Fusion is offering a beef dip with slow-roasted sirloin on a baguette with a variety of yummy sides including yam fries.
Mise has three options for $12 including a seafood linguine, grilled chicken sandwich with poached figs or a maple chipotle salmon salad. Poached figs sound fancy and probably worth a $12 try!
The restaurants participating are Amici, Bailey's, Brogue, Café Dario, Carnaval, Corrientes, The Current, Fusion Grill, Gaffer's, Hermanos, Inferno's Bistro, Jolly Friar Café, Mise, Nicolino's, Resto Gare, Rudy's, Steve's Bistro and Tapastry.
WHAT: DRIVING - Selkirk Heritage Driving Tour
When: Any time you want
Where: Selkirk and surrounding area
Cost: FREE (except gas money)
This one, unfortunately, is limited to people with cars or people who have friends they can con into driving them around for a few hours.
But if you're lucky enough to be in either category, this is a pretty cute and terribly nerdy way to spend an afternoon.
The people over at St. Clements Heritage have put together a driving tour of a bunch of cool-looking and historically significant buildings in and around Selkirk. They made a guide you can print out and bring with you so you can read a bunch of facts about the buildings and what happened there ages ago.
If you have someone in your life you can stand being in a car with for at least two and a half hours, this would be a decent thing to do with them. Then you can end the trip with a visit to Skinners for a soda that comes in a glass bottle because everyone goes absolutely crazy for those.
WHAT: TASTE TESTING - Le Burger Week
Elements' curried goat burger is topped with tomato-ginger chutney and fried paneer. (Brett Howe)
When: Starts Monday
Where: Various locations across Winnipeg
Well, your greatest dreams have come true. People who are good at making food are competing to make you the best burger for only $10. And it's happening all week long.
If you really pace yourself, you could potentially hit half of these places. More realistically you can hit two or three. I plan to take advantage by going to the fanciest places possible. Segovia, Deseo, Bistro 7 1/4, and Fitzroy are all on my list.
The restaurants participating are: Elements Restaurant, Diversity - University of Winnipeg, Red River Culinary Exchange, La P'Tite France, Fitzroy, Segovia, Deseo Bistro, Unburger, Boon Burger, The Grove Pub and Restaurant, Table Manners, The Underground Café, Confusion Corner Bar & Grill, Pizzeria Gusto, Carnaval Brazilian BBQ, Peasant Cookery, Inferno's on Academy, Le Garage, Deer + Almond, Market Burger, Neechi Foods, Bistro 7 ¼, Billabong Gastropub, Saigon Jon's, Stella's, The Current and On a Roll Sandwich Truck.
I've been told you just stop in, ask for the Burger Week burger and once you've tried a bunch, you cast your vote online. Pretty simple.
The competition lasts a week, so you'll have at least seven days to completely destroy your diet before you have to go back to eating regular, sad food for dinner.