In this November 2011 photo, Justin Kristjansson, Calvin Workman and Sharie Hiebert are served beef sliders during the Taste of Beef kickoff to the Manitoba Livestock Expo at the UCT Pavilion in the Keystone Centre.
Some of the country’s finest cattle will make their way to the Wheat City for the Manitoba Livestock Expo, which runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Keystone Centre.
In this November 2011 photo, Corinne Gibson of Fir Mountain, Sask., is all smiles after winning a ribbon in a national Angus breed show at the Keystone Centre during the Livestock Expo. (FILE PHOTO)
The opening evening of the expo features the Little Lady Classic — an all-breeds heifer show starting at 4 p.m. — which is followed by the Taste of Beef at 6:30 p.m.
The Taste of Beef will pair some of the province’s best beef with the Crocus Plains culinary arts program to produce an explosion of flavour.
"The Taste of Beef really showcases different types of ways to prepare beef," Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba agricultural programmer Bonnie Campbell said. "There will be a few different stations and people will get to try different beef dishes. There’s also an auction and entertainment, so it’s a great way to kick off the event."
In the past, the Taste of Beef event has drawn the ire of some producers due to the origins of the beef being served. Campbell said this year, the beef will be provided by Cochrane Stock Farms from Alexander.
"It doesn’t get any more local than that," Campbell said.
The three-day event is the largest of its kind in the province and will feature the National Limousin Show and Transcon’s National Trust Simmental Sale, which is new to the expo.
"It attracts the best of the Simmental breed from across the Prairies," Campbell said about the sale that takes place Friday at 4 p.m.
The expo is also boasting record numbers this year, with entries up almost 47 per cent.
"We are very excited, especially when we look at the number of entries that are coming in," Campbell said, adding the registered entrants have grown by more than 200.
"Everyone who’s involved — the Provincial Exhibition, our Manitoba Livestock Expo committee and our exhibitors are all so excited to see this event grow" Campbell said. "We’ve been told that it’s a very well organized show and that we have one of the best facilities so we’re happy to see that result in this growth."
And for the second year in a row, the City of Brandon and the Province of Manitoba have given beef its own week.
Mayor Shari Decter Hirst and Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Stan Struthers have each signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 Beef Week in celebration of the Manitoba Livestock Expo.
Schedule of events for the 2012 Manitoba Livestock Expo.
Thursday, Nov. 1
4:00 p.m. — Little Lady Classic
6:30 p.m. — Taste of Beef
Friday, Nov, 2
9:00 a.m. — Mixed Breed Show
10:00 a.m. — Simmental Show
10:30 a.m. — Angus Show
2:30 p.m. — Charolais Show
4:00 p.m. — Transcon’s National Trust
7:00 p.m. — All Breeds Pick of the Barn
Saturday, Nov. 3
9:00 a.m. — Junior Showmanship and All Breeds Heifer Show
11:00 a.m. — Commercial Pen Show
1:00 p.m. — National Limousin Show
1:00 p.m. — Hereford Show
5:00 p.m. — Prospect Steer And Heifer Show & Sale
7:00 p.m. — Supreme Breed Extravaganza
8:00 p.m. — Release
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 30, 2012