Manitoba Food History Project

Manitoba Food History Project

The Manitoba Food History Project is a SSHRC-funded oral history project based out of the University of Winnipeg in collaboration with the Oral History Centre. The goal of the project is to produce a comprehensive history of food manufacturing, production, retailing, and consumption in the province of Manitoba from 1870 to the present day.


The research phase of the project is fairly unique as it features the Manitoba Food History Truck (owned and operated in partnership with Diversity Foods) traveling to different regions of Manitoba so that the project team can conduct life-story interviews with Manitobans while they cook local, historical, meaningful recipes aboard the truck. These oral histories will help to inform business, labour, ethnic, Indigenous, and local histories within the province of Manitoba.


The project will produce a variety of research outcomes, including a collection of oral history sources (to be archived at the Oral History Centre), experiential learning courses in business history & food history at the University of Winnipeg, digital stories and vignettes of Manitoba food history, pop-up exhibits and public events, Preserves: a Manitoba food history podcast series and a Food History Truck cookbook.


For more information, exhibits and upcoming events check out the Manitoba Food History Website.

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