Babas and Borschch Ukrainian Festival in my home town- ANDREW, AB

MEETING at the Co-op at 2 PM.This is a joint Meetup with New Beginnings. For those of you that want a great taste of Ukrainian culture, I think this event will do just that.

Welcome to the 1st Annual Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival (BBUF)
August 24-25, 2013 - Andrew, Alberta

This FREE Festival will honour and celebrate the very best of the Ukrainian culture--food, history, religion, arts and culture---through a fun, hip approach. Not Ukrainian? No problem. We'll make it happen when you show up at the Passport Office to "assume" your Ukrainian name and identity.
Ukrainian and damn proud of it? We want you there to savour the tastes, see the sights, soak up the music, be part of the action.
Experience legendary small town hospitality as we entertain you, feed and water you, educate you. Have your photo taken with our hospodynia (hostess) Baba Magda as she provides information in costume and in character. There are memories waiting to be made!
If pyrohy and borshch make you swoon, be there. If beer and a signature Festival drink make you drool, be there. If you can't resist the sound of a dulcimer or fiddle or accordion, be there. If the Hopak makes your heart race, you've gotta be there.
If you love to shop, Baba's Bazaar awaits. From fresh-baked goods and local food to handcrafted items we've got you covered. If it's information you need, we have that too.
How about a 6 hour Outdoor Music Jam? Whether you love the old favourites or prefer current tunes, we've got the talent to deliver.
Hop aboard a shuttle to visit any or all of the other Festival sites: Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Canadian Pacific Station Museum, the Andrew Grain Elevator Museum. There you'll find demonstrations, kids' activities, entertainment and more!
Beg Baba for her secret recipe and enter our Borshch Cook Off. Celebrity judges will award prizes and bragging rights.
Compete for prizes in our Ukrainian Games Triathlon---bola balls, beanbag toss, and a surprise third event. Prizes for best-costumed team and overall champion!
Those still standing Saturday night will want tickets to the Zabava (party) featuring a four course Ukrainian feast, performance by the award-winning Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and the vocal group Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton. Dance the night away to the sounds of Prairie Rose. Don't Delay order your tickets now for Zabava!
If you snagged a prime camping spot sleep will come easy. Sunday will feature a church service and brunch. Back at the hall grounds, take in the agricultural demonstrations and activities.

Head home with your passport, souvenirs, program and memories!

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  • john k.

    If you want to get a taste of some Ukr. food, there is some items being offered after 11 AM, I believe at the com. ctr.. Check out their website under schedules for more details. Try and do this prior to meeting at 2 PM.

    August 23, 2013

  • john k.

    I'll be there at 2 at the Co-op, so we can check out the museums. If you all get there before 2, you might want to check out the church beforehand, as we may run out of time to check out all 3 before 3 PM(they close at 3???). After that, we can catch the music jam. The church and the railway museum are a block apart(I lived in between them) , but we'll have to look for signs as to where the music jam is. The Zabava starts at 6. Bring a camping chair for the jam. I DRIVE A RED MAZDA 3.

    August 23, 2013

  • john k.

    As I will be coming from the Elvis Fest in Busby, and not sure if there's construction on the way, I changed the time to 3:30PM. This should give us enough time to check out the 2 museums and the church. I haven't been in the CP museum since I was a kid, and I think Lougheed was there for the grand opening. We can meet in front of the Co-op store, on what we called main street, at[masked] St. If you want to check out the music jam beforehand, please do. See you at 3:30.

    August 16, 2013

  • john k.

    Babas and Borshch got a write-up in the Edm. Journal today Page D2.

    July 24, 2013

  • john k.

    This Event runs for 2 days. You can come and join in on the fun on Saturday and stay for the Zabava(party). It takes place in the same hall my Mom was the head caterer at for 10 years. The party includes a Ukrainian feast catered by the head caterer from the St. John's Ukrainian Cultural Center in Edmonton. As well as entertainment from the Shumka Dancers, Ukrainian Male Chorus and The Prairie Rose Band will be who we will be dancing to. Tix are $50. Considering the meal and the entertainment there will be, that's a bargain. Tix and more info is available on the website:

    July 18, 2013

    • Maria

      Hi John. It's a great idea, but I can't afford 50 dollars for a zabava right now, not to mention the gas to travel to Andrew. Good work on posting Uki events, though. :) Makes me happy, even though I can't make it.

      July 20, 2013

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