There's something for everyone at the annual BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival ... non-stop dance competitions by dancers from all over British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, fabulous Ukrainian cuisine (usually provided by Judy Hrynenko of Prairie Cottage Perogies), live music by roving musicians, and all kinds of Ukrainian arts, crafts, and cultural displays.
It takes place on the first Saturday in May every year. This year was its 16th. (How the time flies!)
I don't like to miss this fun event but when you live on Vancouver Island it can be kind of tricky getting to Mission first thing on a Saturday morning.
Fortunately for me, Joan Brander, pysanka artist extraordinaire and a dear friend, volunteered to represent Nash Holos for me this year. From the pictures she sent me, it looks like she did an outstanding job!
Joan partnered with fellow Richmond Uke Marcia Moroz, another good friend, who was at an adjacent table. Last time I visited Marcia, back in March, she was already starting to take time from her painting, her blog and her other myriad activities to bake and decorate over 200 cookies that look like Ukrainian dancers in costume.
As in years past, son Daniel was a great help to Marcia in producing, transporting and selling her unique treats at the Festival. And, as in years past, they sold like hotcakes!
If you haven't taken it in yet (or even if you have!), you won't want to miss it either. See you there next year!