Integrity Foods putting toppings on Manitoba's largest pizza party

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After being dubbed one of the top 10 places to visit in the world by Lonely Planet, Manitoba is in the spotlight this year. And what better way to celebrate than with a great pizza party and a story to go along with it?

Dora and Cornelius Friesen of Integrity Foods will be hosting Manitoba’s biggest pizza party on Aug. 10 from 4 to 9 p.m.

“Pizza Night is the event that brings people together,” said Dora. “It gives us pleasure to connect people with food growing in the garden and animals on the farm.”

The Friesens founded Integrity Foods in 2000, hoping to connect Manitobans with organic eats. The bakery was established by using ancient grains, like spelt and kamut, milled fresh on-site. After adding in the wood-fired brick oven in 2002, Integrity Foods held its first Pizza Night that July.

Each pizza is custom ordered and created during the weekend events. Guests are welcome to bring salads, desserts and beverages to complement their meal. Integrity Foods also offer cold beverages and baked goods for sale.

“Lots of people hang around the outdoor wood-fired oven, often mesmerized,” said Dora. “On busy nights, we’ll have the bigger oven fired up inside. We enjoy hosting and seeing people gather around food with family and friends.”

Integrity Foods is dubbing its upcoming event as “Manitoba’s Biggest Pizza Party” by inviting all its suppliers to be a part of it. Wood cutters who fuel the ovens, spelt growers from Brandon, local grass-fed beef producers, Unger Meats who process meats like pepperoni and farmer sausage here in Manitoba and Bothwell Cheese who have provided cheese since the get-go will all be part of the event.

“They are all part of this big story in Manitoba,” said Dora.

The Lonely Planet ranking inspired the Friesens to try to further promote Manitoba by inviting people to come and see what local labourers are bringing to the table. They hope to show guests the effort it requires from many partners to create food with an experience.

“Our guests often tell us that this is a peaceful paradise and that this is the best pizza they ever ate,” said Dora. “It’s a unique farm experience for many visitors from around the world.”

For more information on Aug. 10 event, contact the Friesens at integrityfoods.ca.

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