Introducing Peggy’s Squad Contests!

Many of you know that I love contests and contests are even better when you can enjoy prizes with some of your favourite people. Peggy’s Squad Contests are just that! Enjoy a day or evening doing some of my favourite things downtown and invite your squad to come along.

Here’s how the contests work:

  • Every time you see the image below on my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that there’s a new Peggy’s Squad contest.

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  • Follow the instructions provided in the post and you will automatically be entered to win an amazing experience including yourself and 3-10 of your friends (number of friends depend on the contest).

Stay tuned for my first ever Peggy’s Squad contest on Monday, April 24th. Hint: It involves amazing food!

See you downtown,

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Behind the Scenes of The Birds and the Bees

Get ready to laugh out loud at The Birds and the Bees, a hilarious new comedy at the Prairie Theatre Exchange! Playwright, Mark Crawford, tells a story we can all relate to, of love, chance encounters and fresh starts. The play which is closing the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s season is set on a bee farm owned by the character Gail.

Let’s set the scene: It’s nearly time for the last-ever annual Turkey Days Festival and the excitement in town is palpable. Sarah, a turkey farmer, has just left her husband and moved back home with her mother Gail who raises bees. Enter Ben, a 23-year-old virgin and an eager, athletic young grad student majoring in entomology, intent on studying the declines in the local bee population.

I recently got a behind the scenes look of the crew preparing to deliver this amazing show. When I first arrived I was introduced to the stage set up. The play is set on the top floor of Gail’s home where her daughter Sarah arrives after leaving her husband. Below is a miniature model of how the stage looks when you arrive.

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Birds and the Bees Stage Model

Set Designer Carole Klemm designed the set and gave the viewer the ability to really picture the events as if they were happening in real life. Below is the crew making a few final touches as they get ready for opening night.

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Crew making final touches to the stage design

The Birds and the Bees play wouldn’t be complete without an actual beekeeping suit! I got to take an up close look at the actual suit used in the play.

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Beekeeping Suit used in Birds and the Bees play

The all-local cast features some pretty remarkable actors including:

  • Mariam Bernstein as Gail
  • Tristan Carlucci as Ben
  • Robb Paterson as Earl and;
  • Paula Potosky as Sarah

The actors have rehearsed for countless hours, including some long twelve hour days, and are ready to give you a show that will definitely entertain you!

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Actors Tristan Carlucci and Mariam Bernstein – Photo Credit: Haanita Sevel
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Actors Robb Paterson & Paula Potosky, with stage management and director at tables – Photo Credit: Haanita Sevel

Robert Metcalfe, Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange says, While it’s obviously about “the birds and the bees and this thing called love”, I like the play because it’s set against the background of actual birds and bees (turkeys and bee colonies), and because it’s about several generations in the pursuit of love. People trying to negotiate their love life (and their sex life) are always hilarious because they’re always desperate to get it right – and there’s so much room for things to go oh-so-wrong!

The Birds and the Bees will be at the Prairie Theatre Exchange until April 16th and I want to send you and friend to check it out! Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and tag both @PrairieTheatre and @DowntownPeggy. You will be entered to win a pair of tickets to this hilarious show on Thursday, April 13th!

You can also visit their website at http://www.pte.mb.ca/ to learn more about their exciting new 2017-2018 season (their 45th!) and how to become a subscriber.

See you downtown,

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Finding Cheer and Holiday Flavours Downtown

Turkey, stuffing, and gingerbread, oh my! If you’re looking for a warm holiday meal without the stress of putting it all together, downtown hotels offer fabulous, festive options. Here are some holiday meals to look forward to this month.

 

Inn at The Forks – SMITH Restaurant

Go for a walk at The Forks and then head over to SMITH Restaurant for an amazing holiday dinner.

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From 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, the SMITH Restaurant is offering its holiday dinner buffet. It includes a variety of salads, a whiskey prawn flambé station, carved roast turkey, and more. Finish your meal with fresh fruits, dainties, and other delicious desserts!

The buffet is $70 for adults, $30 for kids 12 and under, and $15 for kids five and under.

Click here for the menu!

 

Fort Garry Hotel

 

Spend your Christmas evening at Winnipeg’s most historic hotel.

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Fort Garry Hotel is having its Christmas Day dinner from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with reservations every half hour. The buffet is being held on the seventh floor foyer between two historic, scenic ballrooms. With three types of carved meat, nearly a dozen salads, a seafood bar, and other treats, you’ll want to take the elevator on the way down!

 

The buffet is $80 for adults, $30 for children seven to 12, and complimentary for children six and under. Spots are filling up fast, so reserve before it’s too late! They have a waiting list, but why risk it?

 

Fairmont Winnipeg

Escape from the chilly Portage and Main wind and choose from several meal options at the Fairmont Winnipeg!

 

It’s offering its 12 Days of Christmas Lunch on weekdays between December 12 and December 23. It’s $45 per person, and it runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at VG Restaurant.

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The Fairmont is also hosting its Christmas Eve dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The five-course dinner costs $85 per person with a $40 per person wine pairing.

 

The à la carte Christmas Brunch runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $60 per person. The five course Christmas Dinner runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs $85 per person with $40 per person wine pairing.

 

Click here for more information!

 

Delta Hotels by Marriott

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This holiday season, the Delta Winnipeg is holding its Dickens Buffet. It started November 21 and ends December 23, and it runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at a cost of $29. It features four fresh salads, carved ham and turkey, four types of vegetables, and a small dessert buffet. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available!

Return to Space this Saturday!

To infinity and beyond! This Saturday we’re headed back to space for the outta-this-world event: SpaceLand 2! (too many bad Space puns this early in the day?)

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The first SpaceLand pop-up party on Portage Avenue took place earlier this year, and just in case you missed it the first time around, SpaceLand 2 is coming back with a (BIG) bang this Saturday from 4pm-2am at 400 Portage Avenue (between Edmonton and Kennedy Street).

Dance your little heart out to an incredible line-up of bands and DJs including Vinyl Salon, Attica Riots, The Gaff, Touching, ATLAAS, The Lytics, Mama Cutsworth, 3Peat, and SMRT.

Contest clue! The three bands that also performed at this year’s ManyFest were Attica Riots, ATLAAS, and The Lytics. 

And SpaceLand isn’t just about the music–there will be comedians, video games, food trucks and more!

Early bird tickets are just $20 and available online, or if you’re one of those last minute decision makers they’re $30 at the door.

See you there, Earthlings!

 

 

Wine & Dine at ManyFest

Only one week ’til downtown’s biggest street festival, ManyFest, takes over Broadway, and I’ve got a sneak peak of delicious details! Winnipeg’s wine aficionado Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson has conjured up the wine list to pair with our savoury food truck cuisine! The pairings look so good I’m hungry just reading them!

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MANYFEST —WINE AND FOOD TRUCK PAIRINGS

A Little Pizza Heaven — La Vieille Ferme Red (Ventoux, France)

This organic, fruit-driven French red blend hits all the right buttons with A Little Pizza Heaven’s tangy tomato sauce and wide range of toppings. You’ll want refills.

 

BBK Barbeque — Brazos de los Andes Red (Mendoza, Argentina)

A Malbec-driven red blend, this Argentine red has big dark berry notes as well as plum, white pepper and modest savoury spice notes. It’s an ideal barbecue wine.

 

Better than Baba’sGabbiano Pinot Grigio (Venezie, Italy)

You don’t need over-the-top intense flavours to pair with Ukrainian fare — just clean, crisp, pure fruit flavours in a light-bodied dry white like this Venetian wine.

 

Burgers R Us — Casa Santos Lima Passion of Portugal (Alentejo, Portugal)

A blend of Portuguese indigenous grapes Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca as well as Pinot Noir, the Passion of Portugal brings equal parts ripe fruit, spice and tannin — an accessible wine ideal for burgers.

 

Estellia’s Ukranian Comfort Food — Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal)

Want perogies? Cabbage rolls? This crisp Portuguese white has just the right amount of freshness and acidity to go with the citrus notes that will work so well with Ukrainian fare.

 

Fired Up Mobile Wood Fired Pizza, Pasta and More — Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Cochagua Valley, Chile)

Wood-fired pizza needs a wine with some structure, and the Cono Sur organic red brings it big time, working perfectly with blackberry, spice, dark chocolate and smoky notes.

 

Falafel Queen — Miguel Torino Cuma Torrontes (Mendoza, Argentina)

The spice of Falafel Queen’s dishes need something with tropical fruit and spice flavours with some decent intensity, and this organic Argentine white delivers.

 

Habanero SombreroTrapiche Reserve Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)

Inky black in colour, this full-bodied red is driven by dark berry, spice and black pepper notes — ideal for Habanero Sombrero’s spicy, earthy fare.

 

Healthy Eats — Bodacious Smooth Red (Canada)

No matter what healthy dish you go with, this smooth, approachable red will pair perfectly thanks to its ripe, rich dark berry notes.

 

Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill — Miguel Torino Cuma Torrontes (Mendoza, Argentina)

This intense aromatic Argentine white brings spice, floral and tropical fruit notes that will work in perfect harmony with Hot Rod’s pitch-perfect Filipino fare.

 

Iggy’s Family Doener —Radio Boka Verdejo (Castillo Y Leon, Spain)

Iggy’s savoury flavours need something bright, vibrant and with crisp fresh fruit notes. It’s tough to find a white in such a great price point that is right in that wheelhouse.

 

Island Fusion — Apothic Red Blend (California, U.S.)

Rich and robust with dark berry notes, this popular red blend’s black cherry, dark chocolate and plum notes will knock Island Fusion’s Caribbean flavours out of the ball park.

 

KYU Grill —Sibling Rivalry White (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)

For KYU’s killer grilled subs, you need something with some spice, a bit of weight and a bit of sweetness. The Speck brothers’ Sibling Rivalry white blend brings all those in spades.

 

Little Bones Winnipeg — Shot in the Dark Red (Australia)

This Shiraz-driven Aussie red blend has just the right amount of dark fruit and spice notes to pair with any spice Little Bones’ wings can bring.

 

The Meltdown: Gourmet Grilled Cheese — Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal)

Green apple, citrus and modest herbal flavours, a hint of spritz and plenty of freshness — just the right combination to cut through the richness of a grilled cheese.

 

Maximum BBQ World — Bear Flag Smooth Red (California, U.S)

What better to go with tangy barbecue flavours than the Bear Flag Smooth Red? It’s tangy, rich and with a hint of spice that’s ridiculously barbecue-friendly.

 

Olybee’s Kitchen and Catering — Cupcake Red Velvet Red Blend (California, U.S.)

For a diverse menu like Olybee’s, you need a wine that can pair with a wide cross-section of dishes. The Cupcake Red Velvet is smooth, full-bodied and rich, and will do the trick just right.

 

PVG Breakfast Club — Jacob’s Creek Moscato (South Australia)

Breakfast wines should be crisp, bring a hint of sweetness and be a bit lower in alcohol — all traits the luscious Jacob’s Creek Moscato brings with great balance.

 

Red Dot Japanese Cuisine — Sibling Rivalry White (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)

A Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay blend, this Ontario white retains just the right amount of spice, tropical fruit and red apple notes to pair with any Japanese fare.

 

Red Ember — Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Colchagua Valley, Chile)

An organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere blend, the Cono Sur red takes dark berry, spice, pepper and light oaky notes and delivers them in a remarkably well-priced package that’s pizza-perfect.

 

Simba Safari Grill Passion of Portugal Red (Alentejo, Portugal)

Indigenous Portuguese red grapes make up the bulk of this red blend, offering ripe fruit as well as earthy and smoky notes with red berry and licorice notes.

 

Tia Maria’s Taqueria — La Vieille Ferme Red (Ventoux, France)

This Carginan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah blend delivers just the right balance of earth, red berry, licorice and spice notes to stand up to the heat and intensity of any taco.

 

Smokin’ Haut — Bear Flag Smooth Red (California, U.S.)

Hearty dishes inspired by rural Manitoba calls out for something modest yet fun; the Bear Flag red won’t overpower this fare — it’s comfort food and a taste of home all rolled in one.

 

The Pretzel Factory Relax Riesling (Mosel, Germany)

Pretzels and German Riesling are a classic combination — the light, bright but not-overpowering sweetness of the Relax balances the saltiness of your typical pretzel.

 

The Churro Stop — Bodacious Smooth White (Canada)

This white has the sweetness needed to pair with churros —rich tropical fruit and red apple notes as well as a hint of spice are luscious and round.

 

The Poutine King — Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

The crisp acidity and green apple/citrus notes cut through the fries/gravy and cheese curds with focus and freshness. A killer contrast.

 

The Walleye Wagon — Radio Boka Verdejo (Castilla Y Leon, Spain)

Everything about this dry, crisp Spanish white is perfect for walleye — crisp citrus notes, a splash of acidity and modest herbal notes are the perfect pairing.

 

Tot Wheels — Sileni Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

The innovative potato nugget-based dishes from Tot Wheels need something just as vibrant and as exciting — what better match than a racy, crisp, citrus- and green apple-driven Sauvignon Blanc?

 

Up South Barbeque — El Petite Bonhomme (Jumilla, Spain)

A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah, this medium-plus bodied red delivers a beautiful balance of fruit, rustic earth notes and spice that will pair beautifully with barbecue.

 

Waki Temaki — Relax Riesling (Mosel, Germany)

This white wine, with a hint of sweetness, brings plenty of citrus fruit and red apple notes that works beautifully with fish and umami notes of sushi.

Little piece of Pandora coming to the ‘Peg

Remember that James Cameron movie that came out a few years back and changed everyone’s lives? No, not Titantic (though Leo is a constant inspiration)—I’m talking about Avatar!

The year was 2009 and audiences everywhere fell in love with the gorgeous blue Na’vi creatures and that beautiful planet of Pandora they inhabited. Audiences loved the movie and the utopian land so much that they experienced depression upon learning it wasn’t a real place—seriously look it up.

Luckily for all those unfortunate folks and for those of us that just really loved the movie, Avatar is coming back into our lives!

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TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, is a live experience by Cirque du Soleil and it’ll be taking the stage at the MTS Centre October 5-9. The show is set thousands of years before the events in the film in a “world beyond imagination”. Toruk, in the Na’vi language apparently refers to the great leonopteryx (the giant evil red and orange beast from the movie that rules the sky—you know, the one Sam Worthington shows who’s boss). This mighty beast is central in Na’vi lore and culture, and is crucial to the Na’vi’s clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness—and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.

And if that isn’t enough to entice you, may I remind you it’s Cirque du Soleil. Guaranteed to be an amazing showcase of human flexibility and talent at its finest!

Tickets are on sale now and start at $40 and are available online.

There’s also seven shows to choose from:

  • Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30PM
  • Thursday, October 6 at 7:30PM
  • Friday, October 7 at 7:30PM
  • Saturday, October 8 at 4:00PM and 8:00PM
  • Sunday, October 9 at 1PM and 5PM

Ticket giveaway clue: The free all-night celebration of contemporary art taking place on Saturday, October 1 is Nuit Blanche Winnipeg! Submit your answers to my Facebook or Twitter @downtownpeggy to win!

You can watch a preview of the upcoming show on YouTube.

You don’t want to miss out on this live experience that brings the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s Avatar to life through story and light.  Hurry and get your tickets today!

 

 

Getting Fired Up for BBQ & Blues

If DJs and electronic dance music aren’t your scene, there’s another festival happening this weekend that might be more your style! The fifth annual Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, presented by 97.5 BIG FM, is happening Friday and Saturday (August 19 and 20) on Smith Street in front of the Burton Cummings Theatre.

The two-day festival will include the LUXE Barbeque Company Pit Master championship barbeque competition, a food and beverage garden, and many retail vendors.

There will be performances both days inside the Burt and outside on the street with Creedence Clearwater Revisited headlining Friday and The Voice finalist Laith Al-Saadi taking the stage on Saturday. For the full line-up and festival schedule visit: winnipegbbqandblues.ca

Concert passes (includes both the outdoor festival site access and reserved seating for headlining concerts at the Burt) start at $69 for a two-day pass, and individual day concert passes start at $39. Admission to the Street Festival site only, which includes outdoor music, the BBQ competition and live demos, the vendor food and beverage areas start at $20 per day. For more information on the Festival and to get your tickets visit: winnipegbbqandblues.ca

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