For over 30 years, the Vancouver Folk Fest has been bringing people together at Jericho beach to celebrate world class music surrounded by the beautiful coastal scenery Vancouver is known for. Even with a few grey skies, Jericho’s picturesque mountain and beach views are an awe-inspiring site for a festival. With so much natural beauty surrounding the festival site, it is fitting that the organizers are known for their commitment to the environment. At every turn you find helpful volunteers sorting waste, compostable packaging and water filling stations (no plastic bottles for sale here!)
After catching our first workshop performance, we head straight to the food. From Mogu foods pork sandwiches to savory treats from Aussie Pie Guy, there was a lot to choose from. Highlights include a fresh Greek salad with beautiful local tomatoes and hand crafted pizza from Wood Fire Pizza and pakoras that will blow your socks off from Varinicey Pakoras.
With so much wonderful local food fare, it’d be great if local craft beer was also part of the experience.
The musical delights offered a wide variety of intellectual, inspiring and, at times, humorous entertainment. Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory was the perfect closing act on Friday with his thought-provoking lyrics and hypnotic distinctive reverb. Wagons had us in stitches with their comical rock and roll and Karine Polwart captivated us with her whimsical Scottish story-telling. There was a lot of anticipation about Joan Baez, but with her cancellation due to illness, Noura Mint Seymali got the crowd moving with fun, intense dance sounds that left everyone in a jovial mood for the night.
Whether you are just visiting the city or a long-time festival attendee, once you’ve experienced the beauty of a Vancouver Folk Fest weekend, you’ll kiss that ‘no fun’ city stereotype good-bye once and for all. Looking forward to another great time next year.