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article imageEdmonton's Heritage Festival celebrates diversity and cultures Special

By Paula Kirman     Aug 5, 2014 in World
Edmonton - Close to 400,000 people experienced the sights, sounds, and tastes of different cultures at the Edmonton Heritage Festival.
An annual event on the August long weekend, the Heritage Festival transforms Hawrelak Park into a miniature version of the world. Around 60 pavilions represent different countries, featuring ethnic dance, souvenirs, and food.
The food is definitely the most popular attraction, with long line ups at some of the pavilions. Patrons purchase tickets that they redeem for food, including many different kinds of kebabs, desserts, drinks, and ethnic dishes of all kinds. A particularly popular treat is Langos from Hungary, which is a huge piece of fried dough sprinkled with icing sugar. Think of it like an Elephant's Ear on steroids.
The Heritage Festival represents the diverse and multicultural nature of Canada. It is not a political event and sees attendees from all ages, including many families, and also different cultures. This marked the festival's 39th year. Cameroon was the newest pavilion, joining alongside perennial favourites such as Wales, Chile, Peru, Ireland, Hungary, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Israel, Aboriginal, and Egypt.
Organizers have said that attendance this year has been the biggest ever, just edging over last year. More than 16,000 volunteers also help make the festival happen, including the people who run the pavilions and the festival itself. The event is also the biggest annual drive for Edmonton's Food Bank, which accepted donations of food, money, and unused food tickets throughout the weekend.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Langos from Hungary.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Langos from Hungary.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Aboriginal pow wow dancers.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Aboriginal pow wow dancers.
Edmonton Heritage Festival.
Edmonton Heritage Festival.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Kebabs from Afghanistan.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Kebabs from Afghanistan.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Representing Vietnam.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Representing Vietnam.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Israeli dancing.
Edmonton Heritage Festival. Israeli dancing.
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