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New Forks resto rolls out as SMITH with Svenne

SMITH is all set to take over the Inn at the Forks. A brand new rustic space inspired by local influences, owner Ben Sparrow, CEO of Sparrow Hotels says he wanted to create an iconic restaurant in the heart of Winnipeg’s most popular tourist destination.

Chef Alexander Svenne, formerly of Bistro 7 1/4 which was recently sold to new owners who will also re-open the popular Osborne Village icon Basils, is leading SMITH’s menu development and kitchen team in to this new era.

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Flatlander’s Beer Festival is back. And it’s better!

For 12 years now, the Flatlander’s Beer Festival has been the premiere event for beer enthusiasts in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.

This unique public tasting event focuses on a wide range of incredible beers from some of the finest breweries in the world.

It seems there have indeed been some significant and some would say long overdue updates to the format of the Flatlander’s Beer Festival for 2014.

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How to find a farmer in 2014

Greenhouses in and around the city are already seeing signs of life and gardening enthusiasts are already planning their planting and starting their seeds. If you lack the space, skill, or inclination to map out plots, plan inputs and starts or manage large tracts of edibles, the Farmers’ Market is the next best thing. No longer do we have to pile into our cars and trek out to the biggest and arguably best Farmers’ Market in (or just outside) the city–St. Norbert. Smaller, community markets have been cropping. Here’s where to find a farmer in Winnipeg in 2014.

Winnipeggers sure eat some weird stuff

And the funny thing is, more and more of them are happy to do it. Cloudberries. Hawthorn. Cattail shoots. Pineapple weed. Acorns. Things that we’d ordinarily hit with a shot of Weed-X or yank out of the driveway and toss in the compost, suddenly go down the provervial hatch.

That’s what’s so Fantastic about the Fantastic Forest Forage. It changes your perception. Helps you see things you never saw before, or see the familiar in an exciting new way.

Now it’s back for a fourth season, and it’s bigger and better than ever before.

Winnipeg’s ten best pubs

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it was high time I revised my parade of pubs as outlined in Unleash Your Inner Leprechaun back in 2010, especially because a few have closed, and a few have opened since then.

Many establishments may claim the name pub, and are categorized as such on the likes of Yelp or Urbanspoon, but few truly deserve the title. Having grown up in England, and back there every two years to visit family, I’m willing to put my purple coloured passport on the line to authenticate the following:

The Prairie Plant Sale Is Back!

Once again, Winnipeggers will have access to a cornucopia of prairie flora with the Living Prairie Museum Native Prairie Plant Sale.

Procured by Prairie Flora Greenhouse, this is your chance to enhance your gardens with some hardy native perennials, many of which we teach people to forage for, that attract some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects and animals.

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Recipe: Earl Grey Scones

When I brought a batch of these Earl Grey tea infused scones to the office, they disappeared in no time to rave reviews. So much so that they were still being talked about in the subsequent weeks. Then came the not so subtle suggestions that I should bring more. Then the same thing started happening at home. While I gladly relented (I generally suck at baking and avoid it at all costs), I decided to share the recipe in the hopes it takes some of the pressure off my limited patience for making doughs and pastries.

Living Prairie Museum Native Prairie Plant Sale

The Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre opens for the season with the blooming of the Prairie Crocus, Manitoba’s provincial flower. During Crocus Day, usually the latter weekends in April (weather permitting), special programs and guided hikes are available to celebrate spring’s arrival. You probably recognize The Interpretive Centre,  that squat building that sits in a field at the far […]

If you go down to the woods today…

You’re sure of a big surprise. At least that’s what the lyrics to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic promises. And that’s also what the 2013 season of Savour Winnipeg’s Fantastic Forest Forage promises. With the onset of spring (trust me, it’s coming all too fast) thoughts turn easily to the growing season. In spite of iceberg-like […]

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