Tourism Winnipeg official launched Peg City Grub earlier this week. It’s a food blog that showcases local must-try restaurants. It is aimed at tourists, but locals can use it to read reviews to restaurants we may not have tried yet. The launch was held at The Forks, which proved to be the perfect location for it. Peg City Grub invited the Manitoba food bloggers so I was fortunate to attend.
It started off with a welcome from Marina James, president and CEO of Destination Winnipeg. Then, Chef Michael Schafer from Rudy’s and Sydney’s did a cooking demonstration using fresh, local ingredients. He cooked up a berkshire tenderloin from a local farm, added some Fort Garry Dark Ale and created a dish that smelled of perfection and worked up our appetites. Fortunately we were immediately seated in the atrium and treated to a lunch that showcased food from the vendors at The Forks. The food court at The Forks is known for its global food options.
First up was a cheese Empanada from The Chilean Corner. This is already one of my favourites, I rarely visit The Forks without buying one.
Then came Manitoba pickerel from Fergie’s Fish and Chips.
After that the food just kept coming, I could barely keep up between all the eating, photo taking and tweeting. Pictured here (clockwise starting at the top left) is a bison chilli from Grass Roots Prairie Kitchen, sweet potato perogies from Yudyta’s Ukranian Foods, roti from Bindy’s Caribbean Delights, and a greek salad from Zorba’s Pizza.
This giant tiger prawn with crab from Beachcomer’s was two things: beautiful and delicious.
Dessert was not to be forgotten and was aplenty. I barely had room but made it because I couldn’t pass up on mini pies from Tall Grass Prairie, cannoli form Casa Bella and a chilli chocolate from Constance Popp Chocolate that had just the right amount of kick to it (courtesy of The Almond Tree).
Needless to say, it was a fantastic lunch. If this is the sort of thing this blog wants to share with tourists to our city, they have my full support!