ManyFest & Food Truck Wars Launched



August 14, 2013
Downtown Winnipeg – Affectionately known and beloved as one of downtown’s most historic thoroughfares, Broadway was literally and figuratively rebranded by the Downtown BIZ as “Manyfest Way” as part of the kick off to downtown’s biggest street party – Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Manyfest, that is scheduled September 6, 7 and 8. Participants will see the rebranded street signs during the festival, helping give Broadway new energy, bright bold colours, and an effervescent atmosphere to draw people in.
“Our rebranding of Broadway for the festival will help celebrate the talent, diversity, and spirit of Winnipeggers’,” says Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ. “There’s no better way to tell the great story of Winnipeg than through our great festivals, great musicians and artists, and great community.”
In its third year, Manyfest is an open, outdoor museum of talent and a celebration of community, arts, entertainment, and healthy living on the streets of downtown Winnipeg, beneath Broadway’s beautiful elm trees, from Osborne Street to Main Street. This annual festival showcases Broadway as a lively artery of the downtown, and features a Giant Movie in the Park, Lights on Broadway, Wine and Beer Festival, Big Dance on Broadway, Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets, Ciclovia, MiniFest Kids’ Zone, and the Winnipeg 10 & 10 presented by Investors Group – amongst an eclectic and multicultural backdrop of live, local talent, musicians, artists, and buskers. Participants who seek a thrill can take part in a climbing wall while those less adventurous can challenge their friends to a life-sized board game.
New this year is the first ever Downtown Food Truck Wars. Located on Memorial Boulevard and Broadway, the Food Truck Wars will celebrate Winnipeg’s expanding mobile food scene. Participants will get a chance to buy samples from a bevy of Winnipeg’s top food trucks, and vote on their favourite bites, with prizes awarded on Sunday! A full listing of participating food trucks is online at
“Manyfest is an excellent way for people to come together and take part in a wide range of events celebrating our downtown and the people of our province,” said Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino. “I want to congratulate the organizers and volunteers for their hard work making this year’s festival even more exciting.”
“The City is proud to partner with the Downtown BIZ on this very important festival for the heart of our city,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan. “I can’t think of a better way to enjoy Broadway and its rich history than to add Winnipeg musicians, artisans, and people on the street. It’s what downtown is all about – celebrating people and place.”
Varying stretches of the north side of Broadway will be closed to vehicular traffic over the weekend, culminating in Ciclovia, when the street will flood with people from Main to Osborne, coming in by foot, bicycle, rollerblades and more, from car-free streets that stretch out to Assiniboine Park.
Another festival highlight is Lights on Broadway. Participants at this year’s Lights on Broadway will get a chance to celebrate Broadway in a unique and innovative way, by lighting up the medians with various applications of light. At Memorial Park, crowds of people will pick up a candle or make their bike glow and walk/cycle down Broadway, while watching performances animate the medians along the way. Lights on Broadway begins at Memorial Park at 8:40pm on Saturday, Sept 7, 2013. Prizes for the best lit-up bike or individual will be awarded.
There will also be on site a free Bike Valet – so anyone riding to Broadway on their bike can store their bike or stroller while they leisurely enjoy the festival. Hours are: Friday: 4:30PM – 11:30PM; Saturday: 10:30AM-11:30PM; Sunday: 7:00AM – 6:30PM. Location: In Memorial Park on Broadway at Osborne Street. Attendees are also invited to bring their water bottle for free water fill-ups on the street.
Last year, over 150 volunteers and dozens of community groups devoted their time and helped give back to the community by bringing excitement and enthusiasm to the event. This year the Downtown BIZ’s goal is the same. Anyone wanting to volunteer for the festival can visit:
Manyfest is hosted by the Downtown BIZ and presented by title sponsor Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.
“Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is proud to be the title sponsor for ManyFest,” said Diana Soroka, Director of Community Relations and Partnerships. “This festival is a fabulous demonstration of Winnipeg’s unique blend of art, culture and creativity that characterizes us as a city.”
Other sponsors include the Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Arts Council, Running Room, Investors Group, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Portage Place, Buy Manitoba, Workers’ Compensation Board, Manitoba Public Insurance, Assiniboine Credit Union, Neptune Property Management, CentreVenture, Broderco Development Inc., Sargent Blue Jeans, Impark, City, Winnipeg Free Press, 103.1 Virgin Radio, and BOB FM.
For more information about ManyFest and the event line-up, visit:
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For more information, please contact:
Jason Syvixay
Leader, Strategic Initiatives & Public Relations
Tel: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040