Manyfest: Get your grub on at Winnipeg's biggest street festivalAbout
The lines may be long, but the wait is always worth it.
For the seventh straight year, Manyfest will be taking over the streets of Downtown Winnipeg for a weekend of food trucks, beer gardens and local entertainment. And with Le Burger Week ending on Sept. 7, the timing couldn’t be better.
For the uninitiated, Manyfest is a massive three-day street party at the corner of Broadway and Memorial. What started as a humble event with a handful of food trucks has evolved into the city’s biggest summer celebration. Last year alone, more than 70,000 people popped by. Organizers expect even more this time around.
The undisputed highlight of Manyfest is the annual Food Truck Wars. Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, a fleet of the city’s top food trucks line both sides of Memorial Boulevard and vie for your votes. Winners are chosen for Best Presentation, Best Bang for Your Buck, Most Original, and People’s Choice.
The Heroshima from last year’s People’s Choice Winner, Kyu Grill
This year’s edition of Food Truck Wars will feature more than 40 (!) of Winnipeg’s best mobile eateries. They’ll be serving up everything from tacos and BBQ to ice cream and churros, giving you ample opportunity to satisfy every last craving.
In addition to all of Broadway’s regulars, some of Winnipeg’s newer and lesser-known (but equally delicious) food trucks will be onsite.
BDI will be there with their Goog To Go ice cream truck.
As will the always-popular Red Ember wood-fired pizza truck.
And Little Bones Wings, who do incredible wings more than 50 ways.
Along with Little Truck on the Prairie, who use fresh, local ingredients for delicious dishes like bison sliders, pickerel tacos and gooey grilled cheese.
Not to mention PVG’s Breakfast Club, who have a menu that even Principal Vernon would appreciate.
And, of course, the New Kids on the Block over at Tamale Time. If you’ve never tried Salvadoran cuisine, there’s no better introduction than Chef Stan’s drool-worthy pupusas.
If you’re looking for a unique take on a comforting classic, Tot Wheels serves up tasty tater tots with a gourmet twist.
Whatever you decide on, be sure to visit Farmery Estate Brewery’s Wine & Beer Garden. Because the only thing better than delicious street food is delicious street food with a cold beverage to wash it down.
But Manyfest is about so much more than just getting your grub on. After your taste buds have had their fill, browse the local vendors and find some sweet deals at the farmers’ and artisans’ markets.
There’s also the Ciclovia programming and the MiniFest Kids’ Zone, which has bouncers, sandboxes, face painting and games to keep the whole family entertained.
Then there’s the free concert series, which is reason enough to head downtown during Manyfest. This year’s lineup showcases a ton of local talent, including Mise En Scene, The Vinyl Salon, The Proud Sons, The Treble and more.
Local alt-rock group The Treble
And what better way to cap off a perfect weekend than with a Sunday night movie? Round up the family, roll out the blankets and enjoy a sundown screening of Sing on the giant outdoor screen in Memorial Park.
For more information check out ManyFest online.