It's 29 C under a cloudless sky, and the food vendors have staked out prime spots on the north side of Broadway.
Customers stream out of offices, the Law Courts and the legislative building looking for a quick bite to eat and a chance to soak up the sun. The thought in the back of every Winnipegger's mind is that these opportunities are finite, that -29 C is only months away.
"I come here once a week," says Scott Hitchcock, who manages group benefits for the North West Co., located near The Forks. "It's a nice walk. You get away from the office and enjoy the sunshine."
Donna, an administrative assistant who doesn't offer her last name, says she treks to Broadway daily from her nearby workplace.
"When you're stuck in an office building, you have to have that break every so often." -Donna
"When you're stuck in an office building, you have to have that break every so often," she says. "It's enjoyable to be out here, right?"
Those who seldom travel downtown would be surprised at the vast selection of foods on offer from trucks and carts parked along a stretch of Broadway from just west of Edmonton Street to east of Smith Street.
Yes, there are the usual hot dogs, smokies and burgers — but there is also wood-fired pizza, pulled pork on a bun, Reuben sandwiches, falafel wraps, tacos, samosas, grilled cheese sandwiches, sausage on a bun, poutine, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and roasted turkey breast sandwiches with apple and brie, to name just a few of the items on offer.
The number of choices is so vast that a daily customer such as Donna could go a whole month without eating the same thing twice.
On this Friday, the weather is so fine, however, that the foot traffic along Broadway is sparser than it would be in May or June.
Many would-be strollers and customers are on vacation. Others who have the flexibility to take a day off on the spur of the moment are on the golf course or at the cottage.
— Larry Kusch
Photography by Mike Deal