Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Something Special is Brewing at The Forks!

We've already announced some big plans for The Forks Market this year. And the news just keeps getting bigger! With our goal to create a truly unique, experiential food and drink experience at The Forks, we’ve decided to pair our revamped Food Hall with a brand new, on-site, state-of-the-art Craft Brewery! We’ve done the design work, but now we want to know if there is interest and a proponent willing to take on the business. So today, we sent out a Request for Proposals for The Forks Market Craft Brewery.

With enough prospective interest, we'll begin building an iconic, state-of-the-art Craft Brewery in the northwest corner of the Market. Approximately 1,750 square feet of space on the ground floor of, The Forks Market would house a tasting tap room, cold storage, and receiving, as well as an office and back-of-house. The Craft Brewery would use traditional methods to produce a limited amount of beer, generally less than 5,000 barrels annually, and concentrate on selling high-quality, locally-crafted beer on the premises.

We’re looking for a strong concept, a superb operator, and most importantly, the ability to brew really, really great beer. As a meeting place for all Winnipeggers, we want a proponent that speaks to the unique mix of cultures that showcases the complex flavour of our city, but also the architecture of the building to do the same.

The Craft Brewery design was created by award-winning Winnipeg architects at 5468796 Architecture. The appearance of the new brewery is decidedly industrial, following the legacy and long history of The Forks site as a transportation hub and echoing the utility towers that adorned Winnipeg’s skyline.This building would not only serve as an unbelievable brewing facility, but also as a desirable tourist attraction and one of Winnipeg’s next iconic buildings,

With great design, and the potential to brew great beer- we need the right brewer. Someone who will make Winnipeggers proud of their craft beer, but also help educate the public through beer pairing sessions and brewery tours. This is crucial, and we won’t move forward if we aren’t getting the right interest in this project.

Proposals for the Craft Brewery are being accepted until September 30, 2015. If a potential submission is found, we are hoping to start construction of the Craft Brewery in 2016 and be finished by the beginning of 2017!

So raise a glass and wish us well. We can't wait to share a pint with you!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Over The Moon for #iRodeoWPG

Summer's still happening and we love a good festival. That's why we couldn't be more thrilled that this weekend Interstellar Rodeo​ is happening here at The Forks!

We also want YOU to join us for the festivities and that's why we are having an "Over the Moon" #iRodeoWPG giveaway during the days leading up to the festival.

Today we are giving away two pairs of passes for Friday's lineup. 

Who will you be seeing on Friday?
Hawksley Workman,​ Tanya Tagaq​, Scott Nolan​ and Sarah McLachlan​.

What do you have to do to get these tickets? Share your favourite thing to do at The Forks during summer in the comments below and you're entered to win! It's that simple. You have until tonight (August 10, 2015) at midnight to enter.Tickets can not be redeemed for cash value. 

We will announce winners tomorrow and let you know what we are giving away next!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

9 Marvellous Things For This Long Weekend

It's the halfway mark in summer, and {so far} the weather looks to be cooperating for this upcoming long weekend. If you are looking to make the most of your three days of freedom, we've compiled for you 9 things to make a memorable long weekend.
  1. Frozen goodness

    In a cone, on a stick, with a spoon- it doesn't really matter what you pick, but if you are looking for a way to keep cool and treat yo self we've got a great selection from Neon Cone, Fro-gurts, and special guest Pop Cart at The Forks Farmers' Market.... speaking of which-
  2. Farmers' Market

    If you need your fill of veggies, jams, preserves, handcrafted wonders, The Forks Farmers' Market is where you need to be. It's open on Sundays from 11 am- 4 pm in The Forks Market parking lot. For a list of vendors, click here.
  3. Keepin' Chill with Cool Gardens

    Thousands of faces on blue flags, cottage docks in the middle of Broadway, Beachscape in The Port - there are eight Cool Gardens to tour in and around The Forks area.
  4. Boat Tour

    Winnipeg was built around the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and it is possibly the best way to tour and learn about our fair city. Set sail on the Splash Dash Tour Boat and travel down the waters to the Manitoba Legislative, the Exchange District and St. Boniface.
  5. Patio much?!

    (Photo by @cherrylynnc)
    There is nothing like appetizers and bevvies out on a patio. And we have a handful to choose from like Muddy Waters, The Beachcomber, Smith, Era Bistro. Each has a unique view of The Forks site and a great menu to pick from.

  6. Trolley Around

    If you aren't up for touring by water, what about by old-school trolley? Venture into the Exchange District Historic Site of Canada, where you’ll find the largest collection of turn-of-the-century architecture in North America. See the MTS Centre, and the community club where music legends The Guess Who and Neil Young got their start. Pass through Osborne Village, view the stately mansions on Wellington Crescent, and enjoy the grandeur of the Manitoba Legislature.
  7. Splish Splash

    (Photo by @jennldavis)
    If you need a splash of water, grab the kids and swimsuits and come down to Variety Heritage Adventure Playground. A great space to cool off, the park now has an Adventure Store where you can pick up water bottles and sunscreen.

  8. Pow Wow Together

    (Photo by @jennldavis)
    See the colour, beauty and style of dances from the aboriginal communities in Manitoba. On Monday from 1-10 pm, join Founding Nations in Oodena for a pow wow.
  9. Duck, Duck, Goose

    Take a walk on the river walk along the Red and Assiniboine rivers and say hello to these fine feather friends.
Whatever you do this weekend, be sure to get outside and enjoy the summer around you.