So another edition of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is in the books and as always, it did not disappoint. It’s one of the best parties of the year and one of the best organized events in the city. Although this year’s lineup may not have been as star studded as in the last few years with acts such as Van Morrison, Ben Harper, Arrested Development or Sarah McLachlan gracing the stage, but the quality of music was just as good. After all, it is ‘Folk Fest’ and every year it seems to get more and more epic. If it’s any indication, weekend passes sold out in two hours.
For me, there’s always an act or two that really stands out in my mind. Last year Basia Bulat impressed and the year before it was Alex Cuba. I also was really excited to hear one of my all-time favorite bands, the Skydiggers, whom I haven’t seen live since my university days. Awesome! Working the festival is like a blessing and a curse all at the same time. We rarely get to hear the headlining acts perform on the main stage because we are set up at the West Stages but we are always fortunate to basically have the best seat right beside Stage 5. This year Delhi to Dublin and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were scheduled and they definitely rocked it out!
One of the main attractions of Folk Fest is the food and the main concession area is always chaotic. Line ups for most of the perpetual vendors like Fat Franks and Elephant Ears are at times 40-50 deep. For the past couple of years, there have been only two vendors at the West Stages, us and the lemonade guy, but this year we shared it with some very delicious neighbours, Eva Sweet Waffles, Elm Café and Bernard Callebaut. Elm Café custom built their own log cabin and it was, by far, the coolest booth at the festival. I hope we are all located in the same area next year so that more people will know that they can get great food at the West Stages.
The weather held up for most of the weekend and, as always, we had a blast! We also had our brush with celebrity as we fed Tim Robbins and his band. Maybe next year it’ll be Russell Crowe and The Ordinary Fear of God…
Pamela and Izzy!
The Kitchen Crew!