Laurie Todd of Winnipeg, Manitoba

The two of us are looking forward to a relaxing evening, sitting on our wooden swing in the backyard, enjoying the colourful vista of a multitude of perrenials, butterflies, and Bluejays. After our evening walk with the dog, and when it becomes dark, we will sit by the outdoor woodstove, watching the flames dance while inhaling the intoxicating aroma of lilies and flox from our garden.

They will be serving: Our menu includes such celebrated Manitoba foods as BBQ’d pickerel, drizzled with olive oil and parsley, & grarnished with lemon. The fish is complemented by green beans and Yukon Gold potatoes fresh picked and dug this morning . For dessert, homemade vanilla soy ice cream with strawberries and drizzled with Manitoba maple syrup. The fish came from Sveinsons, a local fisher, in Gimli, on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg. Located eighty kilometres north of Winnipeg, the town and surrounding area is home to the largest Icelandic population outside of Iceland.The green beans and Yukon Gold potatoes were harvested from the Van Berg farm just north of Winkler, Manitoba. We found their vegetables at St. Norbert’s Farmer’s Market, a thriving gathering place for as many as 100 vendors, featuring Manitoba grown flowers, baking, crafts, and produce kissed by the prairie summer sun.The organic parsley and lemon came from Organza Organic foods on Winnipeg’s vibrant Corydon Avenue. The vanilla soy ice “cream” is homemade, and we handpicked the strawberries from our own backyard. The Manitoba Maple syrup comes from Vic’s, a vendor down the road from us, famous for the quality of their locally produced food and produce.

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