“The World’s Largest Kitchen Party” has begun as the 46th edition of the annual Festival du Voyageur kicks off in St. Boniface, running from Feb. 13 – 22.
This year, 130 artists will be showcased at Voyageur Park as well as in nine other official sites during the 10 days of the Festival.
Franco-Manitoban acts Chic Gamine, Carmen Campagne, Marijosée, Ça Claque! and others will be performing this year. The Festival is also proud to welcome artists from outside the province such as Radio Radio, Les Chercheurs d’or, Le Vent du Nord and Grammy Award winners BeauSoleil from Louisiana. Many Anglophone acts are also part of this year’s programming, including Buck 65, Elliott Brood, JP Hoe and Moses Mayes.
This year, Festival du Voyageur offers, for the first time, nightly activities between the four walls of Fort Gibraltar.
The Bar Gibraltar presented by Jägermeister will be a new late-night area at the Park. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to dance to DJ beats, warm up around bonfires and be amazed by fire jugglers. The Fort’s nighttime activities will take place on Feb. 14, 15, 20 and 21 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. This venue is open to all ages.
Visitors may also find Voyageur Park to be the ideal location to celebrate winter. The young ones can enjoy a winter playground with snow forts, slides, voyageur adventures, hills to climb, instruments, games, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a giant igloo and much more.
Adults can participate in one of the many free snowshoe workshops, relax at the Liquor Mart Snow Bar, shop for unique items in the Souvenir Tent or take part in the Voyageur Apprentice Workshops and learn more about Manitoba’s history at Fort Gibraltar.
To celebrate Louis Riel Day on Feb. 16, Festival du Voyageur offers a day full of programming. There will be loads of activities at Fort Gibraltar, such as traditional trades and crafts demonstrations, fiddling and jigging workshops, and much more.
Also on tap is the creation of the largest ‘living’ Métis flag ever. Festival du Voyageur will provide free attire to the public in order to create the flag colours.
In addition to Voyageur Park, nine other official sites will offer special programming during the 2015 Festival du Voyageur. The Voyageur Trading Post, Le Garage, Club St-B, l’Auberge du violon, Pionniers Trading Post, Club Regent Casino, Chez Sophie sur le pont, and The Wood will be open to all those looking to extend the party.
The Rendez-vous on Ice, located at The Forks where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet on the Red River Mutual Trail, will be open to the public from February 13 to 16 and will offer an outdoor bar, a fashion show on ice, a family day and more.
Complete programming details are available on the Festival’s website.
A brand new event will be presented at the Voyageur Trading Post (CCFM) this year. The all new Winter Feast presented in collaboration with Francofonds is a fundraising event for Fort Gibraltar taking place on Sat. Feb. 14.
Many of the public’s favourite events will be back this year at Voyageur Park and at the Voyageur Trading Post. Highlights include the 33rd Beard Growing Contest on Feb. 20 at the CCFM.
The Community Night presented by La Liberté will take place in the evening of Sat. Feb. 21 at the CCFM.
Other events coming back this year include the Mascot Challenge, Cajun Night presented by Club Regent Casino, the jigging and fiddling competitions presented by Power Corporation of Canada as well as the Rendez-vous des chefs, a pea soup competition.
Again this year, Festival du Voyageur offers a free shuttle service in order to help lessen traffic around Voyageur Park and to enhance the visitor experience. The shuttle’s route will take it from the Centre LaVérendrye free parking lot (614 Des Meurons St.), to Université de Saint-Boniface free parking lot (entrance on Despins St.), to Voyageur Park. The shuttle will stop every 20 minutes at these designated stops.
The 10-day Voyageur Pass is available for purchase at Festival du Voyageur offices (233 Provencher Blvd.), at 233-ALLÔ as well as online. Passes are also on sale in Safeway stores throughout Winnipeg at its regular price of $30 for adults (18 and over), $16 for youth (13-17 years old) and $11 for children (5-12). Admission is free for children age 4 and under.
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