The reality of our friend and fellow Wo’MHer Laurel’s departure is really beginning to sink in. We were lucky to spend a fair amount of time with her before she moved back west, and on her last night here, we presented her with a little farewell gift to remember Manitoba by…. a bagful of made-in-Manitoba (or at least, strong connection to Manitoba) treats, including:
- La Cocina tortilla chips
- Morden’s chocolates
- Half Pints Stir Stick Stout
- Green Bean – Hot 103 “Coffee with a Purpose” Red River Roast
- Canoe brand Shoal Lake Wild Rice
- Greetalia Honey Dill Sauce (yes, you read that right!)
- DD. Leobard Winery Raspberry Wine
- Nutty Club Chicken Bones
- Old Dutch chips
We bundled it all up in a Weirdos of Winnipeg canvas bag and pinned on some cool Confusion Corner and Louis Riel buttons.
We had to make sure all the items would survive the drive to the Coast sans refrigeration, so cheese (New Bothwell, perhaps?), pretty much anything Peak of the Market, and frozen perogies were out of the question. We would have liked to add some Pic a Pop and ManitoBars, in there, too, but we ran out of time to track them down 🙂
While a couple of these items immediately came to mind, we turned to the Manitoba Food Processors Association’s Manitoba Made food guide to get more ideas. We’re not locavores by any stretch, but it did feel good to collect such a lovely bounty of locally-made food!
Hopefully I’ll get out to the Coast to visit Laurel before too long, and I’m sure I’ll lug along some more Half Pints, as this is my favourite Manitoba product to share with out-of-provincers.
What’s your favourite local food item? What do you like to get visitors to try when they visit?