My favourite local event, the Heritage Festival, is this weekend! It's a multicultural extravaganza and encompasses everything I love about living in Edmonton. More than 85 cultures will be represented at 60 pavilions which means SO much delicious food (plus music, dance & art).
Here are some tips if you plan on coming down to Hawrelak Park:
Before you go:
Download the free Festival app * Pre-buy tickets to avoid lineups * Peruse the menu * Familiarize yourself with the grounds * Plan your transportation
What to bring & wear:
Edmonton food bank donation (this is their biggest drive of the year!) * Water bottle * sunscreen * sunglasses * wet naps * hat * change for the bus * comfy flat shoes *
My fav eats & drinks:
Roast lamb and chevapi at the Bosnia Pavilion * Iced hibiscus tea from the Egyptian Pavilion * Saffron ice cream at the Iran Pavilion * Mango and sticky rice at the Thailand Pavilion * Doughnut (lepinje) from the Croatia Pavilion * Pina colada from the Cuba Pavilion * Bannock from the Aboriginal Pavilion * Poffertjes from the Netherlands Pavilion * Nyanya salad from Borneo Pavilion *
Make sure to pop by the newest pavilion: Brazil/Colombia
If you have little kids, I'd recommend coming in the morning. The grounds are not as busy.
Saturday, August 3: 12 (noon) to 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 4: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, August 5: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hope to see you there! I'll be the lady with the huge goofy grin whipping around Hawrelak Park on my trusty golf cart (: And if you follow me on Instagram, get ready to drool 'cause I'll be posting tons of food pics.
Happy long weekend, friends!
P.S. Some of the scrumptious things I've eaten at previous Festivals.
Wondering about my official looking getup in the pics? For the past four years, I've been a volunteer on the Festival's Board of Directors.