The Second Annual Big Plant was help on April 9th at the Herman Prior Centre. We started the event with a Hands-On Cookie in a Jar workshop followed by a locally sourced dinner by Over the Coals and dessert from The Flour Company. 
11Following the dinner was a presentation about the Our Big Table Agri-Tourism Initiative and the 10% Shop Local campaign. We had handouts of the Agri-Tourism Map and showcased some of the area producers in amini documentary. The Agri-Tourism map will be constantly updated with new producers from throughout the Portage Region.

We thank everyone who came out to make The Big Plant a success, we are looking forward to the next Big Event!

If you or someone you know would like to be on the Agri-Tourim map please contact Amanda at (204)856-5000 ext. 2001 or


Ice Racing

PRED partnered with PRRA and Racing Director Jordan Sharples from the Winnipeg Sports Car Club to bring the Birchwood Honda Ice Racing Championship to Portage on February 20th &21st.
About 900 spectators come out each day to take in the races, drawing a crowd from the Central Plains area including Morden, Brandon, and Winnipeg.  A restaurant sold a few more meals, gas station sold a few extra tanks of gas, and a hotel filled a few more rooms.
We hope to make this an annual event in Portage, and definitely something to look forward to.

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PRED partnered with PCRC, ROC, and Newcomers’ Welcome Centre for Winterfest 2016. The action packed afternoon saw over 200 people in attendance. There was an open fire for marshmallow roasting, hot dogs, cookies, skating, snowshoeing lessons, and dog sledding demos.
Photos from Winterfest can be seen on Portage Online.

First Fridays
December 4th marked the transition from “Last Fridays” to “First Fridays”. The move was made after a number of suggestions from downtown businesses.
The First Friday Movement is aimed at building a strong sense of community, and strengthening the local downtown economy.
The first “First Friday” was a huge success. We were able to showcase 5 local businesses, Prairieheart Tent Rentals, “Gotta” Have that Lemonade, The Cake Room, Over the Coals, and Portage Creamery, and the PCI Choir. By partnering with local entrepreneurs, they become familiar faces in the community, and without them we wouldn’t be able to host successful events.
Our next First Friday event will be on Friday, February 5th and we cant wait!
If you are interested in collaborating with PRED for a First Fridays event please contact Amanda at (204) 856-5000 or


Gather the family for a rustic meal and live entertainment. The 2nd Annual Big Dig is fast approaching and we are bringing the outdoors in!
After the success of last fall’s perogi making workshop we have decided to do it again, a bit sweeter this time with Cinnamon Buns. The “Hands On Cinnamon Bun Experience” will begin at 5:00pm followed by a “Locally Sourced Feast” at 6:30.
Throughout the night we will be showcasing our upcoming local tourism initiative where consumers will be invited into the Portage region to make purchases from local producers and businesses.
For more information call us at 204.856.5000. Tickets are available at the PRED office (56 Royal Road N) $15 per person, Kids 12 & Under are free.

Last Friday

Join us on August 28th at Convention Corner. Come on out and celebrate the end to the awesome Summer we’ve had in here Portage. The night is sure to be full of  music, food, and family.

Portage Ex Stampede

2015 Portage Ex StampedeIt’s been over 20 years since Portage has hosted a rodeo event and this years event will be the first to be held indoors.
The sanctioned Heartland Rodeo is being co-hosted by PRED, PRRA and Portage Industrial Exhibition Assoc. Rodeo performances will be chock full of events. Barrel racing, saddle bronc, team roping and the always anticipated bull riding!! Rodeo clown Lee Bellows will be in the arena entertaining the crowd during both performances as well as appearances by the Austin Hick Chicks on Saturday and 4-H Beef Parade of Champions on Sunday.
A “Stampede Pass” is being offered from June 1-30th. The pass will get you into all 3 days of the Portage Ex, both rodeo performances as well as the “Social in the Dirt” on Saturday evening. Stampede pass prices until June 30th are Adults $50 and Youth 7-17 $40. After June 30th tickets can be purchased individually, Adults $15 and Youth 7-17 $10. All tickets can be picked up at the PCU Centre after June 30th 2015
– Tracy –

Portage Ex Stampede 20152015 marked the comeback of the rodeo in Portage la Prairie and the first annual Portage Ex Stampede was definitely a wild ride. This was the first rodeo to take place in Portage in over 20 years.
For the weekend Portage was home to 197 contestants and their families who were competing in activities such as Calf and Goat Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling and the crowd favourite Bull Riding. The majority of the contestants were from various provinces in Canada with some coming form North Central USA.
There were over 2,000 people who took in the rodeo events over the weekend and were surprised to see how the PCU Centre was transformed into an indoor rodeo arena. All of the dirt and the wonderful smell of all the animals.
This was my first time watching a rodeo, as well as some others who were in attendance over the weekend. I was very impressed with the performances by all. I was also surprised to hear from one Bull Rider that they don’t get the chance to practice on a live bull, that they just jump on and go. Pretty scary if you ask me. But I guess that’s part of the rush.
We would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped make the Portage Ex Stampede a success, the volunteers who helped us along the way, along with everyone who participated in the rodeo, and all of the people who were in attendance over the weekend. With your continued support we will be able to keep the rodeo in Portage for many years to come.
We look forward to seeing you next year at the Portage Ex Stampede!
Pancake BreakfastAs an added bonus we decided to hold a Pancake Breakfast for people who attended the Portage Ex Stampede or anyone who just wanted to enjoy some delicious pancakes.
The event was coordinated by PRED staff and was sponsored by Farmery. The pancakes were made from Farmery’s whole grain Pancake + Waffle mix that is made from their locally grown malted barley and certified organic hard red spring wheat mixed with Farmery prairie grown beer. *Delicious!*
When I was asked to coordinate the Pancake Breakfast I was nervous. But nervous I did not need to be. There was a ton of help, and while it didn’t go exactly as planned, so is life. I couldn’t help but smile when compliments came in about how wonderful the pancakes were. Thank you to all of the volunteers.
– Amanda –

Last Fridays at the Gelsby

PRED in partnership with HYPE and the Glesby Centre are pleased to announce Last Fridays at the Glesby starting in May.
Last Fridays are a way to bring increased foot traffic to the downtown area. By featuring local food and beverages, we are encouraging people to spend their dollars close to home. This is a great opportunity to meet someone new in your community and watch local musicians showcase their talent.
Last Fridays at the Glesby will run Every Last Friday during the months of May, June, July, August, and September starting at 6pm.
Pay what you want, show up and be impressed.

2015 RBC CUP
The countdown to the 2015 RBC Cup is almost here with only 3 days until the rematch of the Western Canada Cup final game that will see the Portage Terriers take on the Penticton Vees on Saturday, May 9th at 2pm at the PCU Centre.
The Portage Terriers are looking to defeat the Vees after the 3-4 loss in overtime that awarded Penticton the Western Canada Cup.
The Portage Terriers, Penticton Vees, Melfort Mustangs, Soo Thunderbirds, and Carleton Place Canadians are all vying for the RBC Cup.
Tickets for all games, especially tickets for the final games and championship game are going fast. Single game tickets can be purchased from the PCU Centre Box Office or through the website along with ticket packages for the whole tournament.
Portage will kickstart the cup with a pep rally for the Portage Terriers at the Portage Mutual Arena on Friday, May 8th. Tickets are $10 at the door.
This is a great opportunity to not only support Portage la Prairie as a city, but to support the very talented Portage Terriers. So come on out between May 9th-17th 2015. Lets bring the cup home!

The Big Plant
Only 2 days left to purchase tickets for The Big Plant. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for 12&under for the whole day. This is an awesome opportunity to meet local producers and learn more about where your food comes from.
Make sure to reserve your tickets at or purchase them at 56 Royal Road North before 5pm on Friday.
Looking forward to seeing you all!

Only 10 days until The Big Plant!
Did you know that waste can be reduced by 50-75 percent through composting? It can revitalize contaminated soil, and remove oil and heavy metals from storm water runoff. And the best part is that composting is so easy. Anyone can do it!
Not everything can be composted though. Never compost meat or bone scraps, fatty foods like oil, cheese, or whole eggs. These items will cause the compost to smell really bad and attract pests and rodents. Compost containing manure should not be used for food plants, and human, cat, or dog feces should never be used in compost as they can transmit diseases.
Depending on what you compost, it can take several months to a year to decompose.
Come on out to The Big Plant on April 25th at the MNP Building on the PortageX fairgrounds to learn more about composting, and how you can get started!
Tickets can be reserved online on the PRED website ( under the “reserve tickets” tab, or purchased from the PRED office at 56 Royal Road N.
Hope to see you all for a great time with great people, and great food at The Big Plant.

Following the success of The Big Dig, The Big Plant, a capacity building event hosted by Portage Regional Economic Development in partnership with the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, and local 4-H Volunteers will celebrate agriculture and locally grown foods!
The Big Plant is to take place on Saturday, April 25 at the Meyers Norris Penny Building on the Island Park PortageX fairgrounds, consisting of workshops and demos on Composting, Youth and Agriculture, and even “Container Gardening”, beginning at 2:30. A catered dinner from Burnside Barbecue is to follow at 6:30 -Yum!
The Big Plant is aimed at building capacity and support for local food systems and building capacity around being a local sustainable food system. We want to educate the people of Portage la Prairie as to why buying food from local sources is good for the local economy, and why substituting imported foods with local foods is so important -and did I mention that its going to be a great time.
I bet you don’t know how easy or fun container gardening is. It can be used for decorative flowers, herbs, cacti, vegetables, and small trees and it virtually eliminates those stubborn weed problems. Its especially good for people with limited growing space, or space that is paved over. Perfect for small lawns, balconies, patios, porches, rooftops, even inside homes. And the best part is that you are in full control of where your plant goes. You choose where it will be exposed to the correct amount of moisture, sunlight, and temperature, and is a perfect Spring/Summer activity for young and old. Composting not only decreases the amount of yard waste by 50-75%, but is perfect to keep those potted plants nice and healthy. It is so simple that literally anyone can compost, anywhere.
Hope to see you at The Big Plant for a great time, with great people, and great food.