Savour home-cooked food served fresh at the festival. Enjoy a wide variety of tastes from our local vendors.
Don't miss out on a FREE BBQ LUNCH (hot dog, snack, and drink) between 11:00 am and 1:00 p.m. on SATURDAY and SUNDAY, or while supplies last. Big WHOOP & HOLLAR thank you to CIRCLE K for their donation and support! Donations welcome.
HEATZ, a new, local Asian fusion restaurant in Portage la Prairie, is excited to set up at its first-ever festival at this year's Whoop & Hollar! Enjoy a menu that includes samosas, butter chicken and rice, South Asian-style pasta, and banana fritters (dessert on Sunday only).
SAWMILL CATERING will be serving up vegan chili, nachos with chili sauce, chili dogs, canned drinks, snacks, and energy bites.
GOTTA HAVE THAT LEMONADE is taking care of the lemonade, mini donuts, and caramel popcorn!
POLYDOG will be serving up late night snacks (delicious hot dogs) for the campers and the folks who will have worked up an appetite by dancing the night away!
You are also welcome to bring along your own picnic food and refreshments of choice.
Stroll through the festival's Artisan Alley, a handmade village featuring local, sustainable products from Manitoba. You may find giftware, clothing, jewellery, paintings, or cosmetics, among other artisanries of the finest quality.
HOLLOW REED HOLISTIC
Nancy, founder of Hollow Reed Holistic, is so excited to pour her oils and potions at the festival this year. Stop by her booth for a sample of some 'Bug Juice', for a body scrub experience (hands only! Hahaha) or just to check in and talk wholistic lifestyle.
BLESSINGS COLLECTION & HENNA TATTOOS/ORACLE READINGS BY SEEMA CHOUHAN
Blessings Collection will be offering hennas and oracle readings at their artisan booth this year! They will also have a changing room which will allow festival goers the fun of trying on clothes and going home with a new colorful outfit.
Blessings specializes in women's or unisex clothing, furnishings, handmade jewelry, crystal rocks and jewelry, handmade bags, wall hangings, and an assortment of nick-nacks and decors from India. They also carry lovely handmade soaps, face/body/skin care items, and candles made in Manitoba. "All my stuff comes from India (i.e. clothes, jewelry, personal items)," says owner Seema Chouhan. "Most of the products are handmade and fair trade, supporting local businesses in the regions these items are made. Henna is a natural ink made out of natural henna leaves, so it has no side effects; tattoos last for a few days. In India, we have used henna as part of festivals since ancient times; the colours of henna remind us of festivals and joyfulness."
Olivia Leader loves creating bright, happy paintings! Inspired by all of the beauty in nature, she loves painting wild and whimsical scenes. She paints a variety of sizes and subjects; from mini fruits and flowers to large abstracts. She also hosts paint nights for businesses and get-togethers.
Olivia will be offering a 45-minute acrylic painting workshop on Sunday under The Big Top (two workshop times: 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm). Workshop included with festival admission but donations welcome.
Owned and operated by clients/staff of Visions of Independence as a social enterprise, Hidden Talents will delight you with some of their artisans' new merchandise (handmade crafts, decorations, artwork, and household items created locally in Portage la Prairie and area). Don't forget to stop by Sawmill Catering for some good food (also run by Visions).
PICK-IT FRUIT FARMS
A local family business based out of Oakville, MB. Arlene & Lloyd Harris produce their own raw, unpasteurized honey (uncreamed), as well as a variety of flavoured honeys infused with fruit purees made right from their orchard. Fresh Manitoban fruit, vanilla, spices, and all-natural or essential flavourings give Pick-It Fruit Farms' honey its distinct taste.
BOB'S 3 STRINGERS
Bob’s 3 Stringers will be offering Canjo’s, Diddley Bows, Chuggers, 3 string Cigar Box Guitars, fretted and non fretted, electric and electric/acoustic, 4 string electric and 6 string electric/acoustic. I will have an amp on site so you can find your forever Cigar Box Guitar.
TREE TALKS WITH RICHARD WARKENTIN
For over 25 years, Richard Warkentin has worked for Stanley Soil Management Association which is a not-for-profit organization that provides shelterbelt planting and maintenance services. He is looking forward to sharing information about the benefits of shelterbelts, and trees in general. He will also have tree seedlings available for sale at the event.
FESTIVAL & ARTIST MERCH (CAPS & T-SHIRTS) Whoop & Hollar caps and t-shirts will also be on sale at the Info/Audience Services Tent behind the mainstage.
And don't forget to SUPPORT THE LOCAL PERFORMERS by purchasing their music and merchandise (CD's, tuques, shirts, etc.) at the merch table beside the stage!