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With Folklorama cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, would-be festival attendees are missing out on a key pavilion experience: home-cooked cultural delicacies.
Instead, Folkorama is promoting Winnipeg’s diverse, year-round food scene with a self-guided scavenger hunt. The organization asked festival volunteers to nominate their favourite local restaurants and their selections, along with a list of cultural monuments, can be found at folklorama.ca/hunt. Those who participate on social media by Aug. 14 will be entered to win prizes.
Winnipeggers can also get their festival food fix through Folklorama At Home, a new program that allows the public to hire cultural food and entertainment groups for private events.
Below is a sample of the restaurants included in Folklorama’s scavenger hunt guide, with a description of the contest task and an endorsement from the business’ nominator:
One Stop African Restaurant
598 Ebby Ave.
It’s called One Stop for a reason. The shop at the corner of Ebby Avenue and Pembina Highway is part restaurant, part international grocery store and part hair salon with the stated goal of bringing hard-to-find African food items and beauty products to Winnipeg. The restaurant prides itself on authentic African dishes like oxtail pepper soup, jollof rice, puff-puff and grilled fish with fried yam and pepper sauce. Orders are available for pickup and delivery online.
"They have (some) of the best authentic African food such as rice or yam and plantain dishes for lunch and dinner"
— Patricia Kumbakisaka, Africa Pavilion; 2015 Adult Ambassador General.
Folklorama scavenger hunt task: Take a photo and point to the sign.
La Fiesta Cafecito & Bakery
730 St. Anne’s Rd.
La Fiesta Cafecito is the longest running Salvadoran restaurant in Winnipeg and a home away from home for the local community. Owned by Sonia and Jose Valves, the St. Vital restaurant and patio is open for pick-up and dine-in. The menu has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and staples like pupusas, tamales, burritos and enchiladas. The beverage and rotating bakery menu is full of sweet treats like horchata, milhojas (a puff pastry dessert) and semita (a jam-filled cake).
"This is a landmark for our community to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any other special events. You should not leave this place without trying El Burrito Poderoso (Powerful Burrito)"
— Oscar Calix, El Salvador Pavilion co-ordinator.
Folklorama scavenger hunt task: Take a photo outside of the restaurant. Guess their most popular dish.
Carnaval Brazilian BBQ
100-270 Waterfront Dr.
Carnaval is billed as an authentic Brazilian steakhouse, or "churrascaria." Those sitting in the dining room should arrive hungry and be prepared to sample dozens of different cuts of meat from the rodizio (all you can eat ) menu during their visit. The East Exchange District barbecue joint employs a team of gauchos (carvers), who carry large skewers of beef, chicken, pork and Brazilian sausages from table-to-table. Despite the meat-forward concept, there are vegetarian options on the prix fixe menu.
"When you’re craving a taste of Brazil but unable to go to Brazil... head out for the great atmosphere at Carnaval Brazilian BBQ"
— Dalvinder Obhi, Brazilian Pavilion co-ordinator.
Folklorama scavenger hunt task: Take a photo out front and count how many yellow letters are in the sign.
643 Corydon Ave.
It makes sense that Winnipeg’s "Little Italy" is home to the one of the city’s best-known gelati shops. The long-standing Corydon Avenue staple serves more than just Italian-style ice cream with the, relatively, recent addition of a hot-cold food counter — menu items include things like lasagna, gnocchi and pizza. Nucci’s Gelati matriarch Rosetta (Rosa) Nucci passed away in January of this year. She and her husband, Gino, opened several businesses on the Corydon strip, including a variety store and the Calabria Club, but it was their gelati shop that stayed the distance. Their daughter Maria Pepé and her husband Michael have since taken over the establishment.
"No one makes better Gelati outside of Italy"
— Angie Boehm, 2019 Italian Pavilion coordinator
Folklorama scavenger hunt task: Share your favourite gelati flavour.
Sun Fortune Restaurant
15-2077 Pembina Hwy.
Located in a Pembina Highway strip mall, Sun Fortune has become a popular spot among university students and Hong Kong-style Chinese food enthusiasts. The lengthy menu includes hot pots, peking duck, noodle dishes and traditional barbecue; with hearty and economical lunch specials and family meals. Those dining-in can also order off the fondue menu, which features seafood, meat or vegetables paired with a soup base, like barbecued duck bone, ginger and green onion.
"Whenever I want Hong Kong style cuisine, Sun Fortune Restaurant is the place to go.... My personal favourites are always the Hong Kong style milk tea and iced tea, as well as the various styles of congee paired with a deep fried Chinese donut"
— Calvin Loi, 2020 Adult Ambassador General, Chinese Pavilion
Folklorama scavenger hunt task: Count the number of Chinese letters in the restaurant’s sign.
Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.