WATCH: 5 reasons to get your joie de vivre on at Festival du Voyageur
Posted by Cate Friesen, SCENE producer | Friday February 17, 2012
Festival du Voyageur, 2011 (Dan Harper)
Manitoba's iconic winter celebration kicks off February 17 and if you really need convincing to head over to St. Boniface SCENE has it covered.
1. Scoping out the snow sculptures: The organizers of the festival
hauled in 1400 yards of snow (that's enough snow to cover a dozen CFL
football fields) just so the sculptors could work their magic with the
white stuff. Hurry down to see the snowy art before the sun shines too
2.Keeping it Riel: The first ever Louis-Riel Look-A-Like Contest takes place at Festival on February 20. Get your 'best Riel inspired look' on for the occasion.
3.Keeping it musical Manitoban style:A whopping 235 concerts are planned in even more venues to help ease the lineups of past years. A record 80 per cent of performers are Manitoban including Daniel ROA, Ca Claque!, Fred Penner, and Vince Fontaine's newest project, Indian City.
4.Sliding up to the snow bar for a 'Caribou': Even with the scarcity of the white stuff, the snow bar will have an expanded patio this year. The Caribou is a fortified wine that used to be downed after a long caribou hunt in Quebec. In the old days they tossed in homemade whiskey. Wonder what they are using at the Festival. 5. Driving thru for your sugar kick: If you have ever had this sweet treat, made from hot maple syrup poured on snow and rolled on a stick, you will be happy to hear that the taffy trough is expanding to include a drive-through window. Not sure whether you can pull your snowmobile through.
Bonus reason: Daily 50/50 Draw. Could there be anything more Manitoban?
Whether or not you gamble on that, Festival du Voyaguer is looking like a great bet for this weekend.