Once again I ventured out onto the town in an attempt to traverse the globe with the Brantford International Villages Festival; exploring the food, culture, and dance of as many varied places as I can manage in four days. Last nights journey found me at the German Village which has a beautiful mural of the alps as a backdrop.
The line up for their food was a fair bit longer than the lines last night.
But given the menu it’s entirely understandable.
Of course had to get the special for the day, Beef Stroganoff with Spaetzle
Managed to find a seat just in time for the beginning of one of their hourly performances!
Which was filled with stein dancing,
and other cultural and created dance
Done by talented Fraulein.
Then when the show had reached its end it was time to move on to the next village, thought it would be a good night to check out the new Village, Fiesta Filipino was just down the road after all.
When I arrived I was greeted with something truly Filipino! Street meat!
It’s hard to argue with that as your invitation and so I made my way inside.
Once again there was a line for the food, and once again it was understandable; everything smelled delicious.
But I didn’t have time to grab food before the show began; and I was treated to quite a cultural introduction. Starting with national anthems, and a slide show of the names of the dances and how they look when done at home.
This dance was called butterfly in the field and the outfit and movements matched the name.
Another dance called Children of Yesterday’s Dream, I think, and it had its lyrics up on the screen, was about children and hope for the future.
And finally something a little more fun, a form of jump rope but using long poles instead of rope.
It was a successful night out for Villages, and I encourage you to have your own journey, explore and learn and enjoy delicious food while you do so! Villages continues until Saturday night.
Images by Richard Huskisson Jewel 92 of Brantford International Villages.