Learn. Connect. Immerse.
Five years in, we know something about our festival visitors. They are Ukrainians and ‘wannabes.’ They are young and old and everything in between. They come as multi-generational family groups, couples, individuals. They come for nostalgic reasons or for first-time exposure to the rich Ukrainian culture. Baba and Dido want to be sure their kids and grandkids understand where they came from and why it’s important. Our visitors love that we combine serious learning opportunities with momen...
Let's Talk Food!
Smachnoho! If the mere thought of pyrohy, borshch, holubtsi and more makes you drool you’ve come to the right place! With one exception, all food concessions will be outside in sight of the Music Jam, Beer Garden, and Kid’s Activities. Be sure to get and redeem your coupon for a FREE borshch sample at any of the 5 Ukrainian food concessions! “A Taste for Life” Ukrainian Kafé & Bistro by St. John’s Institute, Edmonton are the 2017 Zabava caterers and concession operators. They br...
Where Will You Lay Your Head?
Now that you’ve decided to attend the 5th Annual Babas & Borshch Festival in Lamont August 26-27, you need someplace to lay your sweet head! If you bring your own accommodation (tent or RV) no problemo….we’ve got you covered. A designated area is available for only $20/night. No power but the dump station is adjacent to the festival grounds. While we can’t accept reservations, we will sell you a pass when you arrive. Check in at the Information Table at the Hall when you arrive. ...
In 2017, we’re excited about the potential of Baba’s Bazaar. Both vendors and festival visitors will benefit from: • The larger space that combines Bazaar + Beer Garden + ATCO sound stage • Dance performances by Edmonton’s MY Ukrainian Dance Academy, 2 tiny solo dancers, and 3--count ‘em--3 adult dance groups (Promin-Vegreville, Vatra-Edmonton, and Chudovyi-Innisfree). Made possible in part by the generosity of the Vegreville Cultural Society in lending their dance mat to us! • Education...
AB-Ukraine Genealogical Project
AUGP to Celebrate 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada at Ukrainian Festivals across Alberta By partnering with Ukrainian Festivals across Alberta, the Alberta-Ukrainian Genealogical Project (AUGP) is pleased to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada! The AUGP exhibit will be part of the Calgary Ukrainian Festival, Edmonton Heritage Festival, Ukrainian Day (UCHV), and the Babas and Borshch Festival in Lamont. This summer, the AUGP exhibit will...
One of the best parts of coordinating Babas & Borshch has been meeting new people, both Ukrainians and ‘wannabes.’ While I don’t have the chance to connect with every individual festival-goer, I have had the pleasure of getting to know performers, presenters, musicians, vendors, government employees, politicians, media, sponsors and supporters, movers and shakers in the world of Ukrainian organizations and foundations. While there have been two or three stinkers or maybe five tops, e...
Zabava 2017 Line-Up
Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival Coordinator Hazel Anaka is pleased to announce the line-up of talent for the 2017 Zabava to be held Saturday, August 26th at the Lamont Rec Centre Hall. “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to hold prices steady at $50 a ticket for the fifth straight year. As before, we have some exceptional acts ready, willing, and able to entertain our crowd, “ said Anaka. “It’s hard to know whether people come for the incredible Ukrainian banquet or the amazing en...
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