CroatiaFest is held in the Seattle Center Armory and features continuous live performances on the main stage. In addition to the wonderful music, dance and food that make our culture so unique, there are food demonstrations and vendors selling Croatian merchandise.
The festival will feature:
- Music & Dance Performances
- Croatia Travel Today
- Historical Exhibits
- Souvenirs of Croatia
- Market Place
- Cooking Demonstrations
- Authentic Food
- Crafts for Kids
CROATIAFEST WELCOMES BACK RAKIJA BEND
The orchestra is made up of six very talented singers and musicians: Ivan Mulac, Ryan Werner, Steve and Dan Ovanin on tambura, Mate Mulac on accordion, and vocalist Petar Naumovski. Their repertoire consists of a large selection of traditional Croatian kolos as well as modern songs that are popular with both young and old. They are not to be missed! Be sure to set aside the entire weekend of October 1st & 2nd to enjoy this fun and talented band.
Croatian GenealogyCroatiaFest welcomes our beloved genealogist, Barbara Starkey from Utah. Barbara is a professional genealogist specializing in all types of genealogical research in Europe (Croatian, Italian, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, French, and Scandinavian) and US research. She has over 30 years of experience. Barbara is offering a “pre-CroatiaFest” package to our community!
For a pre-paid amount of $100 (50% off of her regular rate!) she is offering four hours of research for you and will schedule time with you during the festival, in person, to go over her researching findings. Click here to download a esearch request form.
Interested in doing research on your own? Join Barbara at CroatiaFest this year as she will be giving a presentation on Croatian marriage records “Marriage Records: The Link Across Generations” at 2:00 and 4:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Gallery.
Saturday, Oct. 1 - Saturday Evening Events
Croatian Mass - Join us for mass 5:00 PM at St.Joseph Catholic Church, 732- 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112. Traditional Croatian Catholic hymns will be played and sung by Sinovi Tamburitiza Orchestra.
Croatian Dance Party - Dance and Sing-along at the Russian Community Center (across the street from St. Joseph). Admission is only $10, and there will be Croatian food available for a la carte purchase catered by the Seattle Jr. Tamburitizan parents. A no-host bar will feature a variety of wines and imported Croatian Karlovacko Pivo. Come dance and sing along to new as well as the old standard Croatian songs and kolo dance to the music of Rakija Bend of Chicago, IL and Sinovi of Seattle.
Sunday, Oct. 2 - All-Day Festival
Festivities begin at Seattle Center Armory with opening ceremonies at noon. The festival will include:
Fun for Kids: In keeping with the recent year’s “Heart” theme, children of all ages will be able to decorate and paint either a frame with a heart insert for a photo or a bird house to hang on a Christmas tree. Bring the kids to the fun booth of the Armory where volunteers will be on hand to furnish the art supplies for their creativity.
Croatian Consular Day: Don't miss this chance to get or renew your important Croatian documents, passport or citizenship in Seattle. By appointment only, from noon until 3 pm. more info
Culture: Experience the music, exquisite costumes and traditional dances performed all day on the main stage by various Croatian musicians, dance ensembles and singing groups.
Traditions: Two different cooking demonstrations will take place in the new John Sarich Memorial Cooking Stage located upstairs on the 3rd floor of the Armory sponsored by Chateau St. Michelle.
History: Exhibition panels will feature the history of Croatia inspired by the book "Croatia Land and People" and exhibits of Croatian Americans who have contributed to the building of the United States of America., immigrant stories and photo display.
Homeland: Plan your next trip to Croatia by spending some time at the Croatia Travel Today booth. Once again a representative from Adriatic Tours from Los Angeles will be on hand to answer your questions, book your flight and give you guidelines to help with your travel plans.
FOOD ! FOOD! FOOD! CroatiaFest will have seven food booths at this year's festival, four outside and three inside the Armory. Outside: Traditional BBQ lamb on the spit, grilled čevapčići with ajvar, Croatian style sausages, fresh wild caught salmon grilled to perfection. Inside: Sarma (cabbage rolls), povitica (walnut roll) palacinke (crepes). Follow your nose and stop by each booth to enjoy traditional and delicious Croatian cuisine. You are welcome to bring your entree into the newly expanded Quincy's Bar to enjoy a Karlovacko Pivo (or your favorite beverage).
The Armory food vendors around the perimeter of the building are planning a special Croatian themed item on their menu.
QUINCY’S CORNER AND EXPANDED BEER GARDEN Head into Quincy’s to enjoy live music with your meal or just have a Karlovačko Pivo or your favorite beverage in the newly expanded beer garden. Bonaca will be performing in Quincy’s Corner from 2 – 2:30 and Klapa Doowapella will be singing from 4:30 - 5:00. You may purchase food at anyone of CroatiaFest’s seven food booths (4 outside and 3 inside the Armory) and take your entrée into Quincy’s to enjoy the music.
Our merchant vendors will be back with a variety of Croatian goods and souvenirs for your shopping pleasure.
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