The Manitoba Food History Podcast


Episode Archive

For José Barrera, his love of Salsa is more than just a personal taste: it helps distinguish him as a Salvadoran-Canadian from the various other communities he's met in Canada. Barrera’s life story and experiences with preserving and adapting traditional Salvadoran foods offer a window into the complex issues of migrant communities in finding their place in Manitoba’s mosaic through food and other parts of their culture.


John Ginakes (proprietor of Winnipeg restaurants including Thunderbird and Johnny G’s) and Demitris Scouras (Red Top) give us a glimpse into the community business networks established by post-WWII Greek immigrants that created some of Winnipeg's beloved burger joints.


In 2006 before the trend of craft brewing reached Manitoba, establishments like Half Pints Brewing Company were trying to make beer differently. Half Pints CEO David Rudge and Brewmaster Chris Young talk about the challenges of being a local brewery and how the Winnipeg music scene played a role in developing consumer taste for local craft beer. 

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Bannock is viewed by many Manitobans as an Indigenous food, though its ingredients derive from European contact. But what would Indigenous food look like today if its development hadn’t been disrupted by colonialism? Chef Steven Watson, from Winnipeg’s Commonwealth College, talks about the historical, imaginative, and spiritual work of creating an Indigenous cuisine for the 21st century.


Snack foods have been marketed in Canada for almost a century. Ad campaigns have included “Buy Canadian! Support the war effort! Support local sports!” But what about Old Dutch potato chips? How have they advertised their products? And what did they have to do with the TV show Kids Bids?