Did you know Manitoba is the bacon capital of Canada? Or that 4,800 acres of fresh vegetables and 75,000 acres of potatoes are grown here every year? How about that egg farmers care for hens that lay 76 million dozen eggs each year? Did you also know that canola was created in Winnipeg, or that you’re probably eating Manitoba wheat in your bread?
On Saturday, March 18, The Forks Market will be transformed into a hands-on event celebrating where our food comes from and the people that help get it to our tables, as the annual Discover Agriculture in the City event showcases the best of Manitoba agriculture and the agri-food sector. Discover the impact of agriculture here in Manitoba and why it matters to everyone.
The free event kicks off at 9:00 am on the second floor of The Forks Market with a wide range of interactive exhibits on display and the opportunity to meet Manitoba farmers until 3:00 pm. The University of Manitoba Food Fight will feature new food products created by students here in our province which will be presented to a panel of judges.
Hands-on displays include the chance to plant a strawberry plant that you can take home, crush made-in-Manitoba canola, create a living seed necklace, and taste some of Manitoba’s home-grown foods. A free photo booth will allow participants to capture their celebration of Manitoba’s vibrant agriculture community.
Canada’s agriculture and agri-food system generated over $134.9 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2021 and employs 2.1 million people across the country, including 35,260 in Manitoba alone. Manitoba is home to 24 agri-food research and development centres, and our province leads the way in providing cutting edge technology and skills to the entire agriculture sector.
Full list of exhibitors
Agriculture education and awareness:
• University of Manitoba: Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre
• Great Tastes of Manitoba
• Manitoba 4-H Council Inc.
• Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Health in Research and Medicine
Canadian agriculture & food:
• Keystone Agricultural Producers
• Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives
• Manitoba Beef Producers
• Manitoba Canola Growers Association
• Manitoba Chicken Producers
• Manitoba Egg Farmers
• Manitoba Pork
• Manitoba Turkey Producers
• Prairie Fruit Growers Association
• Vegetable Growers Association of Manitoba
Service to the public:
• Agriculture and Agri
• Manitoba Agriculture