Much to my chagrin, I haven’t been able to make it to Festival du Voyageur this year. In explanation, a simple equation: baby + extra-cold temperatures / all of our babysitters are busy going to Festival = no go for us!
But never fear, we managed to enjoy a little Festival in the comfort of our own home, when some friends came for a visit and brought along a bottle of caribou. I choked back one shot, but we concurred caribou just isn’t the same a) if it’s not in an ice glass and b) if you’re not actually at Festival.
Fortunately, whilst at the LC last weekend, I picked up a couple of cans of Fort Gibraltar Premium Lager (made especially by the Fort Garry Brewing Co. for FDV) so we could pretend we were in the snow bar at least once! And I’ve been checking out some awesome pictures from Festivals past from the U of M archives (I think I found this from someone on Twitter but can’t remember who – but a hat tip to you, whoever you are!).
So I’m sad to have missed out this year, but it makes me that much more excited to go next year. I’m really looking forward to taking my little guy to the fiddling and jigging competitions – I think he’ll love the music – and by that point he will be old enough to go on the big snow slide. But I’ll also be sure to plan some adult-only time going to shows and getting reacquainted with my old friends caribou and pea soup!
Hé ho — bon festival!