What better way to close out summer and welcome fall than with a little Ukrainian heritage!
This weekend is your last chance to step back in time and check out the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village before it closes for the season! On Sunday, Sept.9, the annual Harvest of the Past event will help you explore Alberta’s agricultural roots through fun-filled, interactive activities. From field to table, learn new and old techniques on preparing for the fall.
Get close to the old-fashion action with our marquee late 1920s threshing bee where visitors can watch history come alive with a vintage threshing machine. Learn all about different grains and historic farming methods from our lively Farm Program Coordinator. Make sure you catch the horse-drawn wagons delivering grain to the Bellis Home Grain Elevator, a rare working elevator built in 1922.
Historic grains and gardens the pioneer way
Visit the costumed role-players and learn how to prepare for the fall with traditional techniques: from grinding wheat with a zhorna (flour mill), using a flail and winnow; braiding onions and garlic, to making kapusta (sour cabbage), drying flowers and herbs, canning and preserving. Be prepared to roll-up your sleeves and lend a hand!
We’ve got a zoo – a machinery petting zoo just for you
Visitors are invited to discover antique farm equipment used before 1930. What a difference to the comfort and style of today’s high tech, comfy combines. Make sure you grab a selfie or two at the zoo, where vintage era meets the digital age.
But wait, there’s more…so much more!
Harvest of the Past is great for the whole family, tall and small. Visit the animal petting zoo with cute and cuddly animals, pedal tractor race track, face painting and games that are sure to be a big hit with the kids! Get your toes tapping and hands clapping to the sounds of live music or watch some square dancing – swing your partner!
See the Ukrainian Village from the eyes of an artist
The Silska Domiwka (Red Barn) is a great place to gaze at over 80 original paintings presented by the Edmonton Art Club, Elk Island Art Club and the Leduc Art Club. See if you can pick out the many places and faces of the Ukrainian Village on canvas.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, along with the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society, is also proud to present Painting to Remember: A Collection of Works by Peter Shostak. This feature exhibit in the Visitor Centre showcases beautiful artwork form Peter’s private collection which captures the stories and memories of Ukrainian settlers across the Prairies.
Cheese making and preserves with the experts
Learn from the best as Chef Alan Roote and Chef Troy Lymburner from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will be demonstrating how to prepare Syrnyk, a sweet Ukrainian Easter cheese and canning and preserving methods which visitors can try at home.
Don’t leave the harvest hungry!
Support the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society by enjoying a hearty pancake breakfast and then try some delicious Ukrainian food for lunch. How about a splash of sour cream in your homemade borshch (beet soup) or if you have a larger appetite, a traditional Ukrainian plate with kovbasa (garlic sausage) and holubtsi (cabbage rolls) may fit the bill.
What: Harvest of the Past at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
When: September 9, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, located 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16.
Website: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village