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more info and tickets, visit winnipegbbqandblues.ca. Shaw Park, 1 Portage Ave. • Aug 29: Five groups of babas square off in the battle for best perogy at the Great Parkland Perogy Cook- Off. Vote for your favourite and feast on a Ukrainian dinner featuring sausage, cabbage rolls, and beet buns washed down with local beer and wine. Dinner at 6 pm. Tickets: $55. Call 1-888-528-6484 to purchase or visit parklandtourism.com for more info. Sandy Lake, MB. • Sep 10: The seventh annual Farmers Feast offers the opportunity to chat with local chefs and food producers at tasting stations under the canopy at St Norbert Farmers' Market. Sample creative dishes from some of the city's best restaurants, including 295 York, Peasant Cookery, and Chew. Event in support of Food Matters Manitoba. $100 tickets are eligible for a $35 tax receipt. Visit farmersfeastmanitoba.com. St Norbert Farmers Market, 3514 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-8349 • Sep 11-13: Downtown's largest street festival, ManyFest, takes over Broadway with live music, kid-friendly activities, artisan markets, a soap box derby, and more. Fill up on street food at the ever popular Food Truck Wars and help crown the winning vendor. For more info call 204-958-4640 or visit manyfest.ca • Sep 20: See what Manitoba has to offer at the 5th annual 100-Mile Dinner in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg. Eight of the city's best chefs, including Luc Jean of Mon Ami Louis, Ben Kramer of Diversity, and Norm Pastorin of Cornerstone, prepare fresh dishes made entirely of ingredients grown within 100 miles. Tickets $125, call ciao!news 204-982-4940. 5:30 pm, Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Ave. • Sep 26: Endless lobster is the main draw at the Lobster Gala, presented by French theatre troupe Le Cercle Molière. More than 5000 lbs of the gourmet crustacean will be brought in for the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord, with live entertainment, prizes, auctions, and draws rounding out the evening. Call 204-233-8053 for tickets and information. RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave. I gone but not forgotten With heavy hearts, the entire team at Ciao! extends condolences and prayers to the Mehra family on the sudden passing of Kamal Mehra. Mr. Mehra was the founder of East India Company Pub & Eatery, and shared our passion for food, business, Winnipeg, and tourism. His life had an impact on all of these things, and he will be deeply missed. He brought the rich flavours of the East to the Canadian prairies, transforming dining in this city and challenging the limits of regional cuisine. If not for Kamal Mehra, the opulent Indian buffet would not be the treasured part of our local culinary experience it is today. editors pick I we got the beet Baba's pantry staple has become the hottest root veg in town, with beets' sweet, earthy flavour and vibrant hue punching up a diverse range of dishes. Red and gold beets at Era Bistro are tender and sweet, complemented by a tart-yetcreamy red wine vinaigrette. At Food Evolution, jewel tone shreds peek out of crunchy beet fritters set atop dandelion greens, dill, and crème fraîche. The Osborne Village Café excels at injecting life into diner staples. The beet burger adds a burst of fuchsia fun to the fast food fave. Creamy goat cheese and peppery arugula add flavourful depth to the beet salad at Peasant Cookery. The red velvet roll at Wasabi strays from sushi tradition with delicious results. The new-school roll is topped with beets, local honey, toasted walnuts, and a drizzle of soy balsamic reduction. 6 ciao! / aug/sep / two thousand fifteen