Countdown to ManyFest: One Week!


September 4, 2015
Food Truck Wars & Wine Pairings: Matches Made in ManyFest Heaven!

Downtown Winnipeg – In a week’s time you could be sitting in an outdoor Wine and Beer garden at ManyFest, enjoying a delicious Food Truck Wars meal paired with an inspired glass of wine!

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ has enlisted Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, wine writer for the Winnipeg Free Press to provide an expert list of wine pairings to go with signature items from the 27 food trucks participating in Food Truck Wars.

“This is a fun way to combine the excellent fare we have at the festival site with the always-popular Wine and Beer Garden,” says Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “We’re inviting folks to have an interesting festival dining experience.”

The ManyFest Wine and Beer Garden will be open from 4p.m. – 11p.m. on Friday, September 11, 11a.m. – 11p.m. on Saturday, September 12, and 11a.m. – 6p.m. on Sunday, September 13.

On Saturday evening, anyone with a #Finditdowntown ManyFest Wine and Beer Garden wristband is eligible for free entry into five participating ManyFest Afterhours locations, presented by DJ Mama Cutsworth’s DJ Academy for All Women: Fools & Horses Coffee Co. (presented by Synonym Art Consultation’s Wall-to-Wall), Carbone Coal Fired Pizza, The Keg, The Merchant Kitchen and Pony Corral.
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Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, wine writer for the Winnipeg Free Press

The Poutine King – Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon
Fries, gravy and cheese – the classic poutine. But at The Poutine King, their myriad of poutine selections ranges far beyond classic. With a wide range of options ranging from savoury to spicy, a versatile wine is needed for The Poutine King’s fare. The Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon brings deep dark berry notes, some light acidity and a bit of spice – a perfect combo for your poutine.

Greektown – Sileni Sauvignon Blanc
From Greek salad to souvlaki and beyond, Greektown’s fare brings bright, fresh flavours that need a wine that’s equal to the task. New Zealand’s Sileni Sauvignon Blanc delivers bright citrus and herbal notes that’ll work really well with Greektown’s lemon-based sauces, fresh greens and grilled chicken dishes.

Pimp My Rice – Sileni Sauvignon Blanc
Lumpia, Pansit Bihon, Pancit, Tocino and more – Pimp My Rice brings you the best Filipino flavours on four wheels. The Sileni Sauvignon Blanc can stand up to savoury Filipino fare while offering fresh citrus and herbal flavours as well as just the right amount of acidity to cut stand up to crispy, fried fare, heartier rice dishes and more.

Vilai’s Spice Box – Gazela Vinho Verde
From spring rolls to sandwiches, empanadas, Banh Mi and much more, Vilai’s Spice Box does Thai/Loa/Chinese fare as well as anyone in Winnipeg. The Gazela Vinho Verde is a fresh, crisp, dry white wine with lower alcohol but big crisp, spicy flavours that will do well both milder and spicy fare.

Waki Temaki – Gazela Vinho Verde
While there are plenty of food trucks out there offering a wide range of dishes, there’s only one bringing killer sushi streetside – Waki Temaki. And for those unique sushi flavours – seaweed, fish, pickled ginger, soy sauce, etc. – you need a unique white. From Portugal’s Vinho Verde region, the Gazela is crisp and fresh, and its flavours will work nicely with virtually any sushi dish.

Healthy Eats – Cuma Organic Torrontes
For street food that’s both delicious and health-conscious, Healthy Eats is the place to go – their salads, wraps, and fruit/veggie cups will fill you up while feeling positive. The Cuma organic Torrontes is a light-bodied, crisp Argentine white that offers fresh fruit flavours while maintaining a healthy relationship to the land via organic practices.

Falafel Queen – Cuma Organic Torrontes
Is there a better street food than falafel? This Middle Eastern/Israeli staple brings together falafel balls, tahini, cabbage and more in a tasty hand-held street treat. The spice and floral notes on the Cuma organic Torrontes work well with up-front tropical fruit flavours to tackle the garlicky goodness of falafel.

Simba Safari Grill – Cupcake Red Velvet
African fare is what’s on the menu at Simba’s Safari Grill. And what better to pair with the food from Simba’s Safari Grill than the Cupcake Red Velvet? It’s a rich, medium-bodied red that’s a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Petite Sirah that delivers loads of ripe black fruit, some sort oak and tannins and a medium finish.

A Little Pizza Heaven – El Petit Bonhomme
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better option for pizza by the slice than A Little Pizza Heaven. Thankfully they’re now mobile, and can bring their selection of slices, salads and wings to you. The Petit Bonhomme is a red blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah, and brings deep dark fruit notes with some rustic Spanish character – perfect for pizza.

The Bannock Factory – Jacob’s Creek Moscato
The Bannock Factory has modernized the traditional Native/Métis dish, offering a variety of sandwiches, sliders, chips and more made using the bread product – as well as serving it up traditional style and with a variety of spreads. The Jacob’s Creek Moscato brings versatile peach, citrus and tropical notes with some sweetness that’s as crowd-pleasing as it is food-friendly.

The Churro Stop – Jacob’s Creek Moscato
Churros are the ultimate sweet street food. These fried dough pastries are dipped in one of The Churro Stop’s number of sauces, most of which lean on the sweeter side. Similarly, the Jacob’s Creek Moscato brings some sweet fruit flavours, with plenty of ripe peach, citrus and red apple notes that will complement your churros perfectly.

Better than Baba’s – Bodacious White
Perogies – those delightful Ukrainian dumplings filled with savoury or sweet fillings. They’re a Manitoba staple, no matter how you like ‘em – and with the number of ways Better Than Baba’s does them up, you’ll surely like ‘em. The Bodacious White is off-dry and crisp, with fresh red apple, spice and citrus notes that will work nicely with whatever perogies you pick.

BBK’s BBQ – Bodacious Red
Barbecue and street food is a match made in heaven, and BBK’s BBQ brings savoury and sweet in their take on brisket, pulled pork, baked beans and more. Grab some of the Bodacious red – a juicy, fruit-forward, easy-going wine – and tuck in to the grub from your new favourite barbecue joint.

Kyu Grill – Radio Boka Verdejo
Kyu Grill isn’t making your typical Asian street food cart. Their grilled skewers go into big buns with plenty of toppings and sauces to make for unparalleled street-food flavour (the Heroshima bun is a must-try). The crisp, fresh flavours in the Radio Boka Verdejo can stand up to both the savoury and the spicy notes – this Spanish white brings exciting citrus flavours and crisp acidity.

Tot Wheels – Radio Boka Verdejo
Chef Darryl Crumb and company have been serving up tater tots laden with some of the city’s most innovative toppings – from savoury to spicy and everything in between. The Radio Boka Verdejo has enough bright citrus notes and acidity to bring the versatility needed to pair with such a cross-section of tater-based dishes.

Habanero Sombrero – Zuccardi Brazos de los Andes Red
What screams street food more than a mobile tacqueria? No matter what you prefer as your taco filling – beef, chicken, pulled pork or black beans – you need a wine with the guts to stand up to the savoury spices. The Brazos de los Andes red is a Malbec-based blend from Argentina’s Uco Valley, bringing plenty of black fruit notes and enough structure for any taco you take.

Island Fusion – Sibling Rivalry White
Chicken wings, doubles, ceviche, Jamaican beef patties and more – at Island Fusion Jamaican fare is where it’s at. The Speck brothers’ Sibling Rivalry white blend is a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer from the proprietors of Niagara’s Henry of Pelham winery, and delivers spice, ripe fruit and a hint of sweetness that will work with your jerk.

R U Caribbean Me? – Sibling Rivalry White
For all your killer Caribbean flavours, R U Caribbean Me? delivers plenty of bang for your buck. Their brand of Asian Caribbean fusion includes Jamaican patties, jerk pork, spring rolls, rice and much more. It’s the perfect match for the Sibling Rivalry White, a three-grape blend from Ontario’s Niagara region that offers plenty of ripe tropical notes, some spice and just a hint of sweetness.

The Red Ember – La Vieille Ferme Rouge
Pizza and red wine is one of life’s great combinations. The Red Ember has been cooking up a carefully crafted selection of wood-fired pies street-side for some time now, ranging in styles from classic Italian to specialized Manitoba-themed pizza. The La Vieille Ferme red blend comes from the Rhone Valley; the blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes make for a rustic, rich red perfect for pizza.

Fired Up Mobile Wood Fired Pizza, Pasta and More – Trapiche Malbec
Whether you’re in the mood for killer wood-fired pizza, home-style pasta or otherwise, Fired Up Mobile Wood Fired Pizza’s got your back. What better wine to go with hearty Italian fare than a deep, rich dry red? The Trapiche Malbec offers approachable dark berry notes ideal for rustic pizza and/or pasta.

The Walleye Wagon – Gabbiano Pinot Grigio
The Walleye Wagon brings their take on the British classic pub dish street-side, with panko breading covering delicious walleye aka pickerel (they also do killer fish tacos). The Gabbiano Pinot Grigio is a crisp, refreshing white that offers fresh citrus and red apple notes and a splash of acidity to cut through the rich batter without overpowering the walleye flavours.

Burgers R Us – Apothic Red
While many often think of an ice cold beer to wash down a burger, there’s really no better match for your favourite burger than red wine. The Apothic Red isn’t meant to be picked apart by wine geeks – rather, it’s a fun, easy-going California red blend that will pair nicely with your Burgers R Us street food – no matter what toppings you choose.

Little Bones – Bear Flag Smooth Red Blend
With over two dozen flavours of wings in their arsenal, there’s a whole lot of flavour coming out of Little Bones Wings’ truck. From sweet to savoury to spicy (or all of the above), Little Bones’ wings bring both classic and innovative combinations. The Bear Flag is a California red blend of four grapes that’ll work with their wings – no matter what the spice level.

Smokin’ Haut – Casa Santos Lima Passion of Portugal
Emphasizing “pioneer meat on the road,” Smokin’ Haut brings locally sourced fare with locally based menu ideas: Mennonite fries, perogies, grilled cheeses/melts and farmer’s sausage aplenty. An equally hearty wine’s needed, and the Casa Santos Lima’s Passion of Portugal is a red wine that brings rustic Old World flavours to pair with your pioneer pick.

Santa Lucia – Shot in the Dark Shiraz/Petite Sirah
Santa Lucia is one of Winnipeg’s long-time pizza institutions. For over 40 years they’ve been serving up some of the city’s best pizza in every corner of town – and now they’ve taken their show on the road. The Shot in the Dark Shiraz/Petite Sirah is a deep, rich Aussie red blend with dark berry notes and a hint of spice – perfect for your favourite pizza.

Iggy’s Family Doener – Relax Riesling
Iggy’s Family Doener serves up savoury German-influenced kebabs in fresh-baked bread as well as salads featuring house-made sauces, crunchy vegetables and more. The Relax Riesling is a fun, easy-going, off-dry German white wine whose bright fruit flavours will pair perfectly with Iggy’s delicious takeaway fare.
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Larissa Peck
Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator
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