Here it is, a list of things that Winnipeg can be proud of. It was fun compiling a list. Sure the list is small, but it’s something.
1. Honey Dill- The magical sauce you get when you order chicken fingers is all thanks to a mistake. Honey dill was created when Peter Eng, owner of Mitzi’s who has passed away, tried replicating a sauce he had from a restaurant. The failed attempt was the start of the best sauce known to man.
2. Wedding Socials- Known for being a fundraising party run by the wedding party. They are full of raffle tickets, social prizes, drinks and dancing. It would also be shocking if the Macarena or Boot Scootin Boogie didn’t happen.
3. Portage and Main- The intersection in downtown Winnipeg, which is surrounded by Winnipegs tallest buildings, is known for being the windiest corner in Canada. I also just found out it is a question in Trivial Pursuit.
4. Winnie the Pooh- The popular children’s character was named after Winnipeg.
5. Jeannes Cake- Winnipeg’s most popular cake with chocolate shavings and a cookie bottom. This is a must eat when you visit Winnipeg and has been a staple birthday cake in my family and many others.
6. Worlds longest naturally frozen skating trail- The Red River Mutual Trail holds the Guinness Wold Record for the world longest naturally frozen skating rink. The trail runs on the Red and Assiniboine River. It’s the perfect winter activity and is a big part of Winnipeg winters. As you skate along you can see warming huts created from architects all around the world.
7. “Sals”- Salisbury house a.k.a Sals is a popular food chain restaurant in Winnipeg. If you are making your way to the restaurant chances are you’ll either be ordering a nip (hamburger), their breakfast or their popular red velvet cake.
8. Slurpees- Although you can get a slurpee anywhere in the world, you won’t be getting them in the slurpee capital of the world. As Winnipeggers, we are very proud of the title. Where else will you see people getting a slurpee when it is -40˚C.
9. Anna Paquin- True Blood star was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Piano and was recently in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
10. Folklorama- This two-week festival is the largest and longest multicultural festival in the world. There is over 40 pavilions around the city that showcase different cultures all around the world.
What is something your city is proud of?