August 14, 2014 11:18 am

Winnipeg’s ManyFest expanding, honouring Robin Williams

Sachit Mehra, Chairman of Downtown Biz, wants an expanded ManyFest to bring even more people downtown

One of Manitoba’s most “delicious” festivals is expanding.

ManyFest has doubled the number of food trucks from 10 to 20, and will be closing down both sides of Broadway from Main Street to Edmonton when it runs from September 5-7.

Festival organizers say they want to give the event a real “open streets” feel and bring more people downtown.

“People just ate that up last year” said Jason Syvixay, Managing Director.

“Broadway to me is a stretch of downtown that is open and accessibly to all…this festival is about the spirit of Winnipeg,” said Sachit Mehra, who owns East India Company and is the Chairman of Downtown Biz.

Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown from about 20 thousand visitors over the weekend, to 50 thousand.  Organizers expect that number to be even higher this year.

ManyFest features art exhibits, bands, a beer and wine garden as well as “food truck wars”.

A “Giant Movie in the Park” is also featured.  This year organizers have selected Robin Williams’ ‘Jumanji’

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