Manitoba Food and Drink

Winnipeg has a vibrant dining scene with a huge choice of global cuisines thanks to the city’s diverse cultures. You might dine on Manitoba beef in an upscale eatery, chomp into bison burgers in a local diner or munch pierogies and cabbage rolls in a corner café.

Chefs produce creative dishes using Prairie-grown produce such as wild berries and wild rice. Numerous festivals showcase the region’s food and culture, including Folklorama and the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.

Rural Manitoba also offers a wide choice of restaurants, from high-end bistros to roadside grills and bakeries selling organic treats.


• Traditional First Nations foods, such as bison, game, fish, wild fruit and grain.
• Bannock: flat bread cooked over an open fire, first brought by fur traders.
• Smoked fish and meats – try some delicious smoked Lake Winnipeg goldeye, or another favourite, pan-fried pickerel (a small pike).
• Culinary imports include sushi, Ukrainianborschtor a delectablevinartertadessert from Iceland, consisting of thin cake layers sandwiched together with a cardamom-scented prune filling.
• French-Canadian dishes, such as pea soup,tourtièreand sugar pie.
• Pierogies: eastern European dumplings stuffed with fillings such as potato and cheddar or bison and prosciutto.
• Schmoo torte: cake layered with whipped cream, nuts and caramel.
• Apple jacks: an apple-filled pastry sold at Gunn’s Bakery in Winnipeg.

Things to know

Off-licence alcohol is generally available only from government-owned and privately run liquor stores, although some hotels sell beer to take off the premises.


It is customary to tip waiters 15 to 20% of the bill.

Regional drinks

Craft breweries are on the rise in Manitoba, particularly in Winnipeg. Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd ( is the city’s oldest microbrewery. Half Pints Brewing Company ( is another local favourite. Both offer tours.

Drinking age


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