Tuesday, 20 June 2017

From Fools, with love!

Hello friends!

We’re excited to serve you a great cup of coffee at The Forks! You might be familiar with our Broadway location, but we’ll be doing things just a wee bit differently at The Forks Market.

Since the Food Hall already has so many superb food choices, we’ve decided to leave the toasts + and other snack on Broadway and go all-out with our coffee set up – including favourites like lattes, london fogs, and nitro cold brew – but with the addition of pour-over modules and a few other unique items.

We’ll feature a fully stocked case of Bronuts doughnuts, pastries by our neighbours Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company, and Michael Harms, and Cocoabeans Bakeshop. We also have Green Carrot juices and Manitoba-sourced yogurt parfaits.  

The reason we’re excited about the Modbar (in addition to the clean sight lines!) is that we can control water pressure and create volume profiles to improve the extraction of each bean. That’s why we highlight a variety of Canada’s best roasters – including Pilot and locally-roasted Dogwood Coffee.

We’ll keep a feature menu at the counter to highlight all of our changing coffee options. For coffee novelty-seekers who want to compare taste profiles, we’ll offer a coffee flight where you can sample our feature espresso, batch coffee, and gibraltar.  

While our Broadway location also features beer and wine, The Common at the opposite end of the Food Hall has that covered. At The Forks, we’ll keep a small selection of whiskeys and other liquors designed to be perfectly paired with some of our coffee options ;)

Why we 💗 the Forks

We’re humbled The Forks has welcomed us, and we feel that the market is the perfect location for our second shop. With Fools & Horses, we want to make you a perfect cup of coffee, but we aspire to do more than that. We want to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for employees and customers, and we work hard to reduce our ecological footprint. The Forks shares our zero waste mandate with their Target Zero initiative, and it is a gathering place for people from all walks of life.

The Forks is also helping to drive a renewed pride and well-being for our city – something we hoped to achieve in our own small way when we opened our first shop. Co-owner Lauren Kroeker-Lee said it best – “The Forks plays such an important role in connecting Winnipeggers to our collective history and in helping us to imagine and create an exciting future for our city.”

We're excited to take part in the continued improvement of our city and renewal at The Forks, and look forward to many years of caffeine-driven collaboration! #MeetMeAtTheForks


Amy Bortoluzzi
Lauren Kroeker-Lee
Kendra Magnus-Johnston
Benjamin Gillies
James Magnus-Johnston

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Must-Sees at Aboriginal Day Live

The lineup for APTN Aboriginal Day Live has us counting the days until the artists take the stage. As of now, that number is five. FIVE days until Nelly Furtado, Daniel ROA, Neon Dreams, Asham Stompers, Nelson Tagoona, and Burt-Project 1, and more have us swaying and singing along on Wednesday, June 21, for the largest celebration of National Aboriginal Day in Canada's history. 

Aboriginal Day Live is a celebration of Indigenous art, dance, music, and culture. On National Aboriginal Day, we gather together to celebrate the outstanding achievements and rich culture of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada by being in great company, eating great food, and singing and dancing together. 

In these next five days, hit play on these tunes and prep yourself for all the great artists taking the Aboriginal Day Live stage. Then on Wednesday, June 21, come celebrate with us!

Neon Dreams

Nelly Furtado

Burnt-Project 1

Renee Lamoureux

Full schedule:

Sunrise to Sunset Sunrise Ceremony and Sacred Fire Oodena Circle
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Aboriginal Day Live Pow Wow in partnership with Manito Ahbee Festival
Skateboard Competition in partnership with SK8 Skates
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Round Dance
Main Stage
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
APTN Kids Zone
Language, Storytelling and Traditional Games
Artisans, Community Resources, Partners and Sponsor Displays
PRE-SHOW: 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Main Stage (webcast available)
Skyler Sonia
Eidse Chuck
Copenace Group
Renée Lamoureux

CONCERT: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Main Stage (webcast available)

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Celebrating One Year of Great Beer and Delicious Wine at The Forks

A long time ago, we had a dream of bringing some of the best beer and wine to The Forks Market and letting you wander around The Market with your glass in hand on a sunny Saturday. A year ago, this dream became a reality, and we filled our kegs and wine fridges and let that sweet liquid poor through the taps for the first time.

On Friday, June 9, we will be celebrating this incredible first year of The Common and all The Market’s other updates with a little shindig, and you’re invited! Raise a glass with us, shimmy around to some music, and enjoy a beer-glazed mini-doughnuts and beer ice cream floats. Yeah, what!? We’re dying to try both of those!

Third + Bird will also have vendors perched on the second floor of The Market for you to hunt down something perfect for the father figure in your life.

So what does a year of post-run beers with friends and flights of wine with your girlfriends look like? Take a look.

This is year one of The Common.

We started by gathering an all-star, local team to design the space for you to sip your craft beer and wine. 

Cloverdale Forge used their expert blacksmithing skills to create metal-work charging stations, Wood Anchor pieced together the beautiful wooden tables, and Huron Woodwork created the flights we sip our drinks from.

Just like that, we were ready to serve our first drink, and this was the lucky gentleman to get the first sip from The Common's taps.

This couple was the first to immortalize The Common in their wedding photos.  

We even gathered together to sing Wheat Kings with Gord and raise our glasses to him. 

So, join us from 4:00 pm until we get tired of dancing (maybe never) like we did one year ago, and raise a glass to all the memories we've made in the past year and the many, many, MANY more to come!

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Third + Bird Pop-up at The Forks!

Third+ Bird is an events company that hosts Winnipeg's largest local urban market - you might have shopped at the Vineyard Church, Transcona Country Club, or most recently Hudson's Bay downtown!

In between their two large-scale markets, hosted in the spring and winter, you can find the two-woman team hosting POPUPS throughout the city, including at The Forks!

The next POPUP is happening Saturday June 10 + 11 from 10am - 4pm at The Forks Market. 

Local makers will set up shop on the second floor balconies + bridges over-looking the Food Hall. Each day will feature a great new line-up of different vendors. Enjoy shopping local, pick up something for yourself or Dad - Father's Day is just around the corner! 

Be sure to check their Instagram, Facebook + website for listings of the vendors each day.

Abiding Citizen
Manitoba-made bitters + shrubs

Artist Elaine Dilay
Resin art + wooden wares

Artwork by Taylor Dawn
Botanical paper goods

Luxurious small-batch chocolate

Calia Flowers
Bouquets of fresh flowers

Charleston and Harlow
Luxury soy candles

Cold Hands Ceramics
Ceramics including mugs, vases, etc.

Cookie Girl Winnipeg
Delectable homemade cookies

Cze by Tania
Organic haircare products for him + her

Jewelry and accessories for him + her

Felt Loved Felt
Adorable stuffed "couch" whales + other pillows

Flora & Farmer
Tasty sweet + savoury preserved goods

Meg Does Pottery
Luxury line of handbuilt + wheel thrown pottery

Mine Clothing (Friendly Manitoba)
Urban clothing line

Scientific Sweets
Intricately decorated cookies

Winnipeg North of Fargo (Firewood)
Unique + modern home accessories line

Thursday, 25 May 2017

7 Ways to Relive Your Childhood at The Forks

There’s one thing all of us ‘90s babies have in common – if you grew up in Winnipeg, you probably have memories of spending time at The Forks. Remember being covered in sticky cinnamon sugar after pouring the leftovers from the donut bag into your mouth? Sweet, sweet times.

All the fun doesn’t have to be over! Grab your friends – and hey, their kids too if they have ‘em – and head to The Forks this weekend to experience your childhood all over again.

1. Find that long-lost Beanie Baby at Kite and Kaboodle

The Johnston Terminal’s second floor is home to one of the coolest toy stores in the city, where every square inch of Kite and Kaboodle’s shelves are packed with games, books, plush animals, action figures, and whozits and whatzits galore. Your kid self would go nuts if they knew you could get toys whenever you want now. Buy something for your nephew’s birthday or treat yourself – whatever it is, it’ll be awesome.

2. Eat a Skinner’s hot dog 

Nothing says nostalgia like a crisp, juicy Skinner’s foot-long hot dog from The Forks Market. Your mom might’ve made you get a regular-sized one back in the day, but now that you’re a grown adult, you can handle the real size. Probably.

3. The Common: the new lemonade stand

Trade memories of mixing all the Kool-Aid flavours together and making your friends to drink it for trying the best of craft beers and wines at The Common instead. Those double-dog-dares of days gone by have built up your now-sophisticated taste buds to appreciate these homegrown adult drinks. Try a flight of four locally crafted beers or three artisan wines – these will definitely go down easier.

4. Mini Donut Factory: Need we say more?

We probably don’t even have to say anything about this one – as soon as you enter The Forks Market, your nose immediately leads you to the mini donuts. It knows the way. When you were a kid, you probably begged your parents to let you hold the crinkly white paper bag on the drive home so you could secretly eat more than your share before your little sister realized it. You didn’t care that they were so fresh that they were too hot for your little fingers to hold. It’s all about those sweet, melt-in-your-mouth donuts. Mmmm.

5. Rediscover and explore at the Children’s Museum

It’s all in the title! Bring your little cousins or youngins of your own to the Children’s Museum to explore, learn, and feel awesome when they pretend to be the conductor of their very own train. (Right? You totally did that too.) When they’re excited, you get excited too, and you remember how it feels to learn things for the first time when you see it through their eyes.

6. Act like a kid in a candy store at Sugar Mountain

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Did your mother fear this place like mine did after she let me get the giant Pixi Stick? Maybe you can handle your sugar better now, maybe (like me) you still get hyper, but Sugar Mountain was the store of your dreams as a kid. Now you can try some more adventurous candies or still pick your tried-and-true favourites – but try to make them last longer than the ride home this time.

7. Climb up the Market Tower

When you’re so small, it’s hard to imagine being able to see the whole city at once – which is why The Forks Market tower is so awesome. Take in the views of the rivers, the landmarks, and the wonderful place you call home. If you’re feeling extra competitive, see which of your friends can run up the six storeys the fastest – last place buys mini donuts!

by Diana Chabai, The Forks Marketing + Communications Intern. Diana's favourite way to relive the '90s is to re-create *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" music video dance moves in her basement. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Active Lifestyles: bike ride + lady lunch at The Forks

Eating and drinking with friends is no new thing. Its the most common way many of us connect with others. But, if youre friends with me, Im always sneaking in a little activity into our hangout.

The new warm spring weather inspired me to invite some friends for a bike riding lady lunch date. I love grown up bike riding parties. You feel like a kid again, going places with your own two feet before you had a drivers licence.

Faster than walking, slower than driving, riding a bike is a perfect pace to take in the sights, sunshine and fresh air. Its pretty magical to pedal to your destination - just so leisurely! Not sure how to get to The Forks on a bike path? Find your bike route to The Forks here.

The Forks Market and The Common have transformed "food court" eating. Bringing everyone together, it is the casual downtown destination for everyone. The craft beer, curated wines and fresh food choices are endless. No matter what youre in the mood for - they have it.

I love rethinking how we spend time with people we care about, there are many ways to build activity into our socializing time. Riding your bike to The Forks with pals is such an easy and enjoyable way to hang out. It gives you more time to connect AND get a little movement in. So, next time, why not arrange a grown up playdate bike ride to The Forks for lunch? Its kind of the best day ever.

Lindsay Somers is a lifestyle health coach. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Photos by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot.