The Legend

Five years ago a group of chefs, and an artist and designer set out to build a temporary tasting room on a frozen river. With a devoted crew of builders and servers , despite 20-hour days, cuts and bruises, frostbite and headache RAW:almond came together for service January 24, 2013 and 20 subsequent nights. 

We had no idea what we where getting ourselves into. None. We told ourselves that we would do it for 5 years. Really make it mean something and put it all on the line. We owe it all to our supporters, our families, our friends and you, devoted food lovers and adventurers. Thank you, Winnipeg, for embracing us. We look forward to being back on the river and bringing together a culinary community for 21 nights!


Guest Chefs

To make RAW:almond a memorable culinary festival head chef Mandel Hitzer reaches out to the culinary community to gather the best talent. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday RAW:almond 2017 features an All-Canadian line-up. For your dining pleasure the frozen river will play host to chefs from near and afar, representing seven Canadian cities and 26 restaurants.


The Big Table

At RAW:almond the tables are big. They are about sharing shoulders with friends and familiar strangers.  They are about community not just about staying warm. And above all RAW:almond is about fostering community, one plate at a time.

Video by Garrett Fache