BEER JOINS MANYFEST FUN
CWine booths, meanwhile, will offer samplesized pours for one ticket, premium wine samples for two tickets, or a full glass of your fave for three tickets. There looks to be about 60+ wines being poured across the other three booths — about half of the number poured by the private wine stores in previous years, but a decent number nonetheless.
Rather than face Broadway as it had in the past, the entrance/exit to the wine and beer festival component will face Memorial BouleThe wine festival component of Manyfest vard, where Manyfest’s Food Truck Wars has always been popular — located across competition will take place. Organizers hope from one of the main entertainment stages visitors grab samples of food truck fare, take and the Manitoba legislature, curious imbibit into the beer and wine festival sampling ers have had a chance to sample a wide range area, and pair their grub with a beverage. of wines from five of Winnipeg’s private wine (Visitors won’t, however, be able to leave the stores. wine/beer fest area with their drink.)
That component will be different in a few In previous years, proceeds from the tastways this year. First of all, the Independent ing tickets sold at the wine festival component Specialty Wine Stores of Manitoba, the umof Manyfest went to Winnipeg Harvest. This brella organization of Winnipeg’s stand-alone year, the benefactor of the wine and beer private wine stores, isn’t involved in Manyfest festival’s proceeds will be Keeping Abreast, this year. Rather, the planning and execution a group that supports survivors of breast of that portion of Manyfest has been handled cancer and their families. by the Downtown BIZ. It’s hard to say how the wine and beer fest
Most significantly, this year’s wine festival will fare relative to previous years. Tables component of Manyfest — formerly called “A will be staffed by Manyfest and Keeping Taste of Downtown Winnipeg,” a name owned Abreast volunteers, so there may not be the by the private wine stores — is now a “wine in-depth product knowledge like imbibers and beer festival.” received from private wine store staff in the
Where there had been six booths sampling past. The departure of the private wine stores wine in the past — one for each of the particialso means you won’t be able to buy wines onpating private wine stores and another where site to take home. the five poured premium wines together — The “wine/beer and street food” angle is this year will feature three wine stations and one I’ve considered for a column in the past, three beer stations. but it never made much sense since you can’t
The three breweries involved in Manyfest typically drink wine/beer while sampling this year are Manitoba’s Farmery Estate food truck fare. So that component is promising.BreweryandFortGarryBrewingCompany, as well as Vancouver’s Granville Island BrewAs for adding beer into the mix, I don’t ing. Beer samples will be pouring full-size think I’ve ever been to wine AND beer festipours, and will set you back three tickets. val, so it’s hard to say how that will go over.