This year I attended the Vancouver Folk Festival on the Friday night and most of Saturday, and as always, I had a great time. I think the Folk Fest qualifies for my outdoorsy blog since the whole thing happens outside at the beach!
The thing that always impresses me the most at the Folk Fest (besides the musicians) is the fact that everyone is just there having a good time. People are friendly and polite. It is a family friendly environment with plenty of kids and activities for them to do, but there is also a beer garden and yet no one seems to get out of control or obnoxious.
There is an artisan’s market which is accessible to the public as well. I bought a lovely blue and teal batik for $15. I bought two last year, but I ended up using them on my furniture to keep cat hair off my couch and chair, so I needed to buy another one to use as a beach/picnic blanket. I also bought a portable charger for my phone which will come in handy when I’m camping next weekend (stay tuned for a post about that as well as a review on my new tent).
There are lots of good eats at the Folk Fest as well. They have a “food court” of food trucks with plenty of tasty options. Although I must say, I was disappointed that the Kaboom Box wasn’t there as had been advertised. I’d been looking forward to having their amazing veggie Buddha Burger since last year. I’m not even vegetarian but that is seriously one of the best burgers I’ve had. I believe they are usually downtown so if you come across them I highly recommend you give them a try.
My favourite act that I saw perform twice was the The Strumbellas. They are listed under country on iTunes but I would describe them more as upbeat folk-rock. I bought their most recent album yesterday morning and I’ve been listening to it non-stop.
Some of the other acts I saw included Hawksley Workman, Frazey Ford, Adam Cohen, Perch Creek, Pokey LaFarge, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Sadies, Basia Bulot, and Trampled by Turtles. Overall, I was impressed by the talent.
I even got to chat over dinner with the drummer and fiddle player from The Jerry Cans, a band from Nunavut. They were really nice and I was disappointed that I missed their performance on Saturday morning.
The venue is amazing. The stages are all set up on the grassy areas at Jericho Beach and sometimes you are treated to beautiful sites like this as you are dancing along to the music: