this day of ideas, and with a lot of hard work, Homes for the Holidays Red River North was launched in 2015. Following the trail made by Guelph, Ontario’s success-

Homes for the Holidays 2017 expecting another sellout I

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n November 2014 community members from Selkirk, St. Clements and St. Andrews gathered to share ideas on how they could grow tourism in the region. From

ful Christmas JOY Home Tour, along with the insightful and dedicated leadership of a bed and breakfast owner, a church minister and a communication consultant, the first Homes for the Holidays Red River North event was a huge success. It brought business, community groups, and members together to transform nine properties into a magical Christmas feast for the eyes for over 650 visitors from the Winnipeg Capital Region and beyond. Last year, the 2016 Holiday Tour was another sell-out with over 850 tickets sold. Tis year, organizers of Homes for the Holidays Red

River North believe 2017 will be the most attended event yet, expecting another sellout with over 1000 tickets to be had. Organizers have elaborated the festivities this year

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to include the attraction – Te Holiday Alley Winter Street Festival – that covers an entire city block in downtown Selkirk, Manitoba. Tis exciting festival launches the winter season in style with outdoor and indoor light spectacles, art, music, food,

and entertainment all taking place December 1 & 2, 2017. “Holiday Alley has the potential to spur interest and lots of activity in Selkirk’s Downtown bringing tourists, traffic and ramping up opportunities for business across the region,” says Shirley Muir, an active community member and the driving force for the event. Te community spirit of Holiday Alley will continue

this year with hundreds of anglers turning the frozen Red River into ice fishing villages as ice shacks dot the frozen Red River North. Te tradition of ice fishing makes January, February and March peak tourism season in St. Andrews, St. Clements and Selkirk. In conjunction with Homes for the Holidays Red River

North and Te Holiday Alley Winter Street Festival, stu- dents and local businesses, and several Manitoba artists will be working together to create Art on Ice. Decorative ice fishing shacks will be put on public display in downtown Selkirk during the festival and then auctioned off. “Art on Ice is a real community event. It’s amazing to see

what can happen when we all work together.” says Mayor Debbie Fiebelkorn, RM of St. Clements, “Tis is the way it’s supposed to be in a community.”

Local brewpub's Manitoba-inspired burger wins award T

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he winners of Le Burger Week 2017 are savouring every ounce of well- deserved success following the crea-

tion of their Manitoba-inspired Farmer Jon Burger. Te hand-made burger on the hand- made sourdough bun speaks to the flavour of Winnipeg’s boldest new brewpub, Brazen Hall on Pembina Highway in Winnipeg. Brazen Hall is a community-style pub with locally-sourced, Manitoba fare. Brazen Hall boasts about their award-win-

ning burger on the Le Burger Week website: “Staying true to our Manitoba grown farm ingredients, we give you a beef & farmer sau- sage patty (Winkler of course), house-made blueberry maple ketchup, our sassy mustard, Trappist cheese, Crown Royal mushrooms (yes that's right!) stout braised onions, aru-

gula, and bacon of course! We promise this Farmer is worth getting dirty for!” The combination of local ingredients

paired with creative inspiration allowed the new pub to stand out among 103 other par- ticipating restaurants in Manitoba. President of Brazen Hall Kristjan Kristjansson says, “You can do anything you want. But that little bit extra makes it interesting, it makes it fun.” Not only does Brazen Hall make a mean

burger, it also pays special attention to protecting the region’s precious freshwater resources. Te newly renovated restaurant incorporates many sustainable features including low-f low water saving fixtures. Te stewardship efforts made them an ideal collaborator for the Lake Friendly Initiative’s 2017 summer campaign, #nowaternobeer. “It’s up to all of us to do our part and protect our water as water is one of the main ingre-

dients in beer,” says Kristjansson, “To make one pint of beer requires about three to four pints of water. We probably made 40,000 li- tres of beer so far and that means we’ve used almost 200,000 litres of water.”

With a full parking lot every weekend,

many patrons have already experienced the tastes of the carefully sourced Manitoba infused menu and in-house brewed beer. With eight brews on tap, some made from Manitoba grain, the selection adds to the vast choice and variety seen in the growing micro-brewery industry. The Winnipeg Capital Region has seen

many micro-breweries pop up within the past year. As far as competition goes, Krist- jansson says brewery owners see themselves more as collaborators than competitors shar- ing knowledge and sometimes even ingre- dients, “Recently, we just traded grain with one of our neighbour breweries to ensure they could meet their production timelines, because we all agree it’s about doing what’s best for the people,” says Kristjansson, “We’re all in this together.”

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