Food Guide: Feeding the troops at Festival du Voyageur
There are two ways to find out all you can eat at Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur.
You could search for the crumbs in tangled thatch of the festival’s beard-growing contestants. Or, you can take a look here.
Winnipeg’s winter fete starts on Valentine's Day and this year’s edition of the ‘World’s Largest Kitchen Party’ promises loads of French, Métis and voyageur-inspired eats, both on and off site.
In the spirit of Festival, select St. Boniface, Norwood Grove and Provencher Boulevard restaurants and specialty food shops are serving specials inspired by Manitoba’s trading and Métis roots. Some of the participating businesses include Chocolatier Constance Popp, Cocoabeans Bakeshop, Promenade Café and Wine, Joly Friar, Purple Hibiscus, Le Garage Café.
Chef’s Rendevous (aka Pea Soup Competition) - Sunday Feb 23 at 5 p.m. at Fort Gibraltar’s Maison du Borgeois (great hall)
This annual contest pits about a dozen local chefs against each other. The best pea soup is awarded by a judging panel of local food experts. Festival goers can also sample all the soups and then vote for their favourite. That chef is awarded people’s choice.
Chez Sophie Sur la Pont - Feb. 14 to 23
This new Festival du Voyageur venue will host evening dinner parties and live concerts from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information call 204-237-7692.
Fort Gibraltar - Feb 15, 16, 17 and 22, Maison du Borgeois (great hall)
On select days throughout Festival, Fort Gibraltar will serve lunches and dinners. The venue typically hosts weddings. The menu features French and Métis dishes among other modern meals. Lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served from 4 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 16; 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb 17; and 4 to 8 p.m. on Feb 22.
Snow Bar - on site at Festival du Voyageur
For winter sports lovers, the snow screens inside and outside the bar will air the Olympics. Spirits, wine and beer along with Caribou (fortified wine) are served.
On-site vendors at Festival will serve all the favourites like bread pudding, tourtiere, poutine, maple sugar pie and split pea soup, among other party classics like burgers, fries and mini donuts. Café Postal will be onsite again for the second year pulling espressos and pouring cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolate.