2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Heritage Festival, a 3-day annual celebration of multiculturalism in Edmonton's William Hawrelak Park. In total, 62 pavilions were set up throughout the park, representing over 85 different cultures. There are performances, artwork, crafts, souvenirs, and most importantly, FOOD!
We purchased our tickets a day ahead of our outing at Save on Foods. Unfortunately, there are no discounts if you buy them in advance but at least you avoid the line-ups. Or at least one of the many line-ups you will encounter throughout the day...
This year, I went along with my SC and my sister, LT. We walked through the entire park, getting sunburnt in the process (I actually look like a cherry tomato), but we all had a game plan on which pavillions we wanted to hit up.
Here we go around the world in a little over 3 hours!
|BBQ Pork (7 tickets) from the Phillipines|
|Lumpia (7 tickets) from the Phillipines|
|Melon drink (4 tickets) by the Phillipines|
|Chicken satay (5 tickets) from Indonesia|
|Bulgogi taco (6 tickets) from Korea|
|Cheese empanada (4 tickets) from Chile|
|Arepa (8 tickets) from Venezuela|
|Passionfruit smoothie (4 tickets) from Venezuela|
|Takoyaki (3 tickets) from Japan|
|Shwarmatine (8 tickets) by Lebanon|
|Siam chicken curry on rice (7 tickets) from Thailand|
|Curry fish balls (3 tickets) from Hong Kong|
|Chicken satay (8 tickets) from Malaysia/Singapore|
|Sambal ribs (4 tickets) from Malaysia|
At this point, we were dying of thirst and our warm water bottles that we brought along just weren't cutting it.
|Mango shake (4 tickets) from Pakistan|
|Fiji punch (2 tickets) from Fiji|
|Lefse (1 ticket) from Scandinavia|
All in all, it was a beautiful sunny day to spend at Heritage Festival. This year, I also made a conscious effort to try new foods from different cultures which I guess is the whole purpose of the festival. I felt that maybe the food was more overpriced this year but where else can you visit so many countries in one day? It's much cheaper than a plane ticket that's for sure.