Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017 at 02:45PM
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!
• Educational displays by the Kule Folklore Centre, Ukrainian Museum of Canada, UCWLC Museum, and the Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Society.
• An Art Show & Sale of original artwork done by Alberta visual artists. Great opportunity for emerging and experienced artists. Small participation fee, no commission on sales. Register before August 1st
• A life-size display of beautiful and unique Ukrainian costumes courtesy of owner Mila Shefel. Mannequins generously provided by Sears.
• Accepting Ukrainian-themed retailers and educational exhibitors until August 1. Pre-registration required.
• ALL DAY
o Watch or try your hand at pysanka writing Saturday and Sunday with Christinia Koscilenuk
o Grind some wheat and take home a cup of flour with Wilson Zukiwski on Saturday
o Join Lamont County FCSS in the Kids’ Zone. Check out the Lego village scape display and compete in timed Lego building contests and craft projects, Saturday and Sunday.
o Take time to watch a slideshow of historic photos called The Way We Were.
o Bring Baba’s kerchief or shawl or buy one from a Bazaar vendor and join Mila’s hands-on scarf (hoostka) tying workshop, “From Baba’s Trunk” on Saturday. From styles worn in old time Ukraine to options for the modern Ukrainian-Canadian woman, this should be great fun.
o “Syr, Budz, or Bryndza---This Budz’s For You” watch Radomir Bilash
recreate this staple Ukrainian cheese and sample some on Saturday.
o Kids’ “Paint a Masterpiece” with artist Andrea Levicki. All ages welcome, $5 supply fee, Saturday + Sunday lessons
o On Saturday lawyer, Mark Minenko will speak about the shameful truth about Ukrainian detainees in Alberta in a session called “This Could Have Been You!”
• Even the Borshch Cook Off is moving to this area on Sunday. All entrants get a Babas & Borshch /Lamont County apron and compete for custom-made borshch bowls by potter Susan Ferbey.
• At 11:30 Sunday cheer on your favourite cook in the first ever Chef Brad Smoliak’s Food Fight. Six cooks, who’ve pre-registered before August 18, will compete in a timed Nalysnyky making contest. The winner takes home the coveted Babas & Borshch apron!
Author:Babas and Borshch Ukrainian Festival