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summer calendar Jul 15–26 — Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival See boundarypushing works by more than 170 companies. 204-956-1340, winnipegfringe.com Jul 16–19 — Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition Manitoba’s only pro rodeo. Morris, 204-746-2552, manitobastampede.ca Jul 22–26 — Gimli Film Festival Over 100 movies, documentaries and shorts are screened at this beachfront fest. 204-642-8846, gimlifilm.com Jul 24–26 — Manitoba Sunflower Festival Celebration of Mennonite culture. Altona, 204-324-9005, altona.ca Jul 29–31 — Ballet in the Park Free performances by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Assiniboine Park, 204-956-0183, rwb.org Jul 31–Aug 3 — Icelandic Festival of Manitoba Celebrate Manitoba’s Icelandic heritage. 204-642-7417, icelandicfestival.com AUGUST Aug 2–15 — Folklorama Annual multicultural festival with over 40 different cultural pavilions offering food and entertainment. 204‐982‐6210, folklorama.ca Aug 7–9 — Winkler Harvest Festival Rides and music round out this fest, now celebrating its 30th year. 204-325-5600, winklerharvestfestival.com Aug 13–16 — Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition Western Canada’s largest electronic music and multimedia arts festival. Old Market Square, memetic.ca Aug 14–16 — Rainbow Trout Music Festival Catch Winnipeg bands like ATLAAS. Near St. Malo, rainbowtroutmusicfestival.com Aug 18–22 — Aboriginal Music Week Five day festival showcases Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous music artists. Old Market Square. aboriginalmusicweek.ca Aug 21–23 — Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival Features blues performers and a team-based barbeque competition. Shaw Park. winnipegbbqandblues.ca The annual flood of food trucks onto summer streets shows no sign of slowing down. Our favourite meals on wheels are packing out Broadway every weekday, and this year, a new ‘food truck alley’ along Israel Asper Way has everyone meeting at The Forks. Owning a food truck has proved to be a great way for creative types to try out their wildest culinary dreams with the freedom of a relatively low cost set-up. These mobile mavericks are churning out fresh, inventive fare. Chef Darryl Crumb of Tot Wheels has proved high concept eats can have staying power if executed deliciously. Piles of fluffy, golden homemade tater tots are loaded with complex and unexpected flavours. Try tots topped with frogs’ legs, the dish that started all the buzz. @totwheelswpg If there’s one thing more impressive than retrofitting a freightliner with a woodfired pizza oven, it’s The Red Ember’s end product. Gourmet toppings from figs to housemade sausage are piled on puffed and crispy, charcoal-edged crust and served through the window of this bright red behemoth. @theredember The Poutine King offers tastes straight from the cobblestone world of Montreal, but these piles of fries loaded with gravy and stretchy cheese curds don’t cling too close to tradition. Find everything from red curry-spiked chicken to smoked salmon at the gourmand-friendly truck. @poutine_king Having secured their place as a neighbourhood haunt, Sherbrook St Deli is taking to the streets with a mobile meat truck at once futuristic and retro. The shiny sandwich shop features a menu of housemade meaty favourites. @sherbrookdeli The Bannock Factory serves traditional quickbread from a wood panel-printed trailer. Dense, chewy bannock makes up most of the menu, upgrading street food classics like sammies and hot dogs with local flair. Try it warm with butter or jam, or as a sandwich piled with juicy pulled pork. @BannockFactory Aug 21–23 — Morden Corn & Apple Festival Fill up on summer’s bounty at this street fest featuring an Art Walk. 204-823-2676, cornandapple.com TOURS Downtown Winnipeg Biz Tours Walk and cycle in 50 downtown tours showcasing architecture, green space and history. For tours and prices visit downtownwinnipegbiz.com Exchange District Walking Tours Relive the history of some of Winnipeg’s most storied buildings. 204-942-6716, exchangedistrict.org Hermetic Code Tour Unlock the mysteries of the Manitoba Legislative Building. 204-989-9630, heartlandtravel.ca Splash Dash River Tours Take a guided tour from The Forks. 204-783-6633, splashdash.ca Muddy Water Walking Tours Hear unexpected tales of true crime. 204-898-4678, muddywatertours.ca Prairie Dog Central Ride a vintage steam train with stops in Grosse Isle and Warren. 204-832-5259, pdcrailway.com Winnipeg Trolley Company Catch the city’s sights and stories in a 95 min tour. 204-226-8687, winnipegtrolleycompany.ca West End Biz Mural Tours Experience history and culture in this guided West End tour. See works of local art and learn fun trivia. 204-954-7900, westendbiz.com ciao! / june/july / two thousand fifteen 9