I ate my way through 20 countries at last weekend's Heritage Festival.
That's some serious eating, even for me! My favourite discovery was the Persian ice cream at the Iranian pavilion - it was a creamy, saffron, pistachio and rosewater flavoured delight. Pure deliciousness! I raved about it to everyone and anyone that would listen to me. That's how dang good it was. Did you get the chance to try it? If not, don't fret - there's always next year.
Try to refrain from licking the computer screen while perusing these food pics. (;
|Persian ice cream! Yumminess in a cup.|
|Wondering about the golf shirt and fancytastic nametag? I'm a proud Heritage Festival volunteer!|
Here I have two Laotian dishes in my hands - kao sankaya and papaya salad.
|Kao sankaya from the Lao pavilion - sweet rice with coconut milk, topped with mango sauce.|
|The Cuban pavilion made its return this year! Yay!|
Loved their roasted chicken, rice congris and chicharitas de platano.
Might have had a pork sandwich or two, as well. :)
|I started each morning with, karjalan piiraaka, the perfect breakfast from the Scandinavian pavilion - |
Finnish rice filled rye and flour pastry topped with egg butter.
|Classic Crêpes Suzette from France's pavilion.|
The sauce was carmelized sugar, butter, orange juice and Grand Marnier liqueur. So so good!
|Have you ever eaten freshly made bannock? It's amazing! |
My compliments to the cooks at the Aboriginial pavilion!
Right after this picture was taken, I slathered this bad boy in raspberry jam and butter. Mmmm...
|The Heritage Festival wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Dutch pavilion for some tasty poffertjes (small pancakes).|
|People enjoying the sounds of a reggae band performing at the Caribbean pavilion at the north end of Hawrelak Park.|
|The three tenors...Heritage Festival-style. |
|A flurry of vibrant colours at the Aboriginal pavilion.|
|Teepees at the Aboriginal pavilion were located in an ideal spot, near the Hawrelak Park pond.|
|Dancer from the Aboriginal pavilion. Everyone wanted their picture taken with this pretty lady.|
|Scott and our niece Raissa with our good friends from Lloydminster -|
Jess & Matt, and their boys, Jakob and Benet. Seen here with a really tall dude.
|Sumptuous saris on two dancers from the Indian pavilion.|
|All male dance group entertaining the crowds at the Indian pavilion. |
|I love watching the elegant Thai dancers. I also love Thai-iced tea! It's a must try.|
|Behind the scenes at the Guatemalan pavilion. Countless mangos need to be peeled to make Mango Loco|
- mango on a stick rolled in lime juice and spices.
|Lucy and Scott came to visit me during the Festival. |
Dogs aren't allowed on the grounds so I met them at one of the entrances.
Notice my trusty golf cart. This was my beloved chariot for the weekend. I LOVE driving it!
|Giant Taiwanese puppets.|
|Croatian dancers beginning their performance.|
The Croatian doughnut, known as lepinje, are a hugely popular menu item.
People will line up for a heck of a long time to bite into one of these doughy sensations.
|Chinese lions running loose around the park! ;)|
|Next year I'm definitely trying the pelmeni. |
|Red horse at Scandinavian pavilion. Random but fun.|
|Who is that buxom lady at the Scandinavian pavilion? :)|
|By day 3, the Borneo pavilion had run out of some of its more popular items. Luckily, I had tried their yummy banana fritter earlier in the weekend. I'm smart like that. :)|
|Early morning tai chi at the Taiwanese pavilon. What a tranquil way to start the day!|
|The south end of Hawrelak Park. There's ample space for everyone to find a place to take it all in.|
It was a gorgeous weekend filled with sunshine, culture, food & community building (6000+ volunteers)!
Mother Nature gave Edmontonians a much deserved reprieve from the rain, the mosquitoes were nary to be seen, and everyone was able to experience multiculturalism at its best. Have I mentioned how proud I am to be a part of this world class event?!
Next year's Festival takes place August 4 to 6. Save the date, friends!
p.s. Got a couple more minutes? Read Paula Simons' blog post, Why we live here – a Heritage Festival epiphany. It's a real good'er.
Oh my. This looks like the most fantastic event!! All that food - I think I'm gaining weight just thinking about all the fantastic options. Yum!ReplyDelete
Wow, my mouth is watering! It all looks delicious. What a fun weekend!ReplyDelete
droooool. Dajana!! Everything looks SO GOOD. Seriously everything. I might have to get you to take me home a doggie bag next year!ReplyDelete
Great Pictures! From one foodie to another...thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
It was a sensory overloaded festive weekend and you captured it fabulously. I love these photos! Thanks for posting them!ReplyDelete
This makes me home sick for E-Town! I love Heritage days in Edmonton. The food is always so amazing! Looks like you had a great time.ReplyDelete
Fabulous photos Dajana. The food looks to die for ;) Yum. Love how all of these cultures come together to express themselves!ReplyDelete
That is a real collection of pictures.ReplyDelete
All the cultures possible.