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Sounding off on Festivals

By Ed Kirby

What’s with the alliterative names of Newfoundland and Labrador festivals? First, there was the Fish, Fun and Folk festival which has been going strong in Twillingate for more than three decades. Taking place the last week in July, it bills itself as one of the largest and longest-running folk festivals in Canada. Next up, many years after the original alliteratively named event, was the Trails, Tales and Tunes festival in Norris Point. Combining music, hiking in Gros Morne National Park, story telling, and dining, this festival occurs in mid-May. Then along came Roots, Rants and Roars in Elliston, Root Cellar Capital of the World. This festival, taking place each September, is a fall foodie festival with a little bit of hiking and some musical entertainment. The latest addition is the Songs, Stages and Seafood festival centred on Bay Roberts but involving many communities on the Baccalieu Trail. It’s the province’s first seafood festival and takes its initial turn May 31 to June 2 with some of the province’s top chefs, music, and culture as its central themes. Oh, and there will be some hiking, too. Get people walking or dancing, dazzle their taste buds, and strike up the band. It’s a sure-fire recipe for a good time.