Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Carnival in Edmonton, Alberta

You gotta' love the name ... Deep Freeze!

Edmonton's Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Carnival is happening this weekend. It's all about celebrating the best of winter's outdoor activities: skating, curling, toboganing, snow carving, street hockey, horse and wagon rides and even an outdoor mummer's play. There's also plenty of music and food.

Set for January 8-9, the venue is Alberta Street, one of Edmonton's most historical neighborhoods. This year's theme is Midwinter Merriment in a Land Where Time Stood Still.

On Saturday
, Deep Freeze brings back the Julian calendar and celebrates the Olde New Year with Byzantine food and entertainment. That evening, it's hot music and a Mediterranean Greek menu to melt things a bit. Tickets are on sale for the world beat musical group Le Fuzz, performing at the Deep Freeze Dance.

Sunday is a salute to French Canadian heritage with its music, cuisine and dance. Enjoy tourtières (meat pies) and tartes au sucre (sugar pies), tap your spoons to Allez Ouest and visit the delicieux Cabane à Sucre for la tire (iced maple syrup on a stick). Members of the Edmonton Oil Kings will be at the street hockey rinks.

Edmonton’s twin city of Harbin, China is bringing four of its ice sculptors to participate in the midwinter merriment. The ice artists will be working on their masterpieces on Sunday from noon-5 PM.
Weather Forecast from Environment Canada: Saturday will be a mix of sun and clouds. Low minus 13. High minus 11. Sunday brings a mix of sun and clouds with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 20. High minus 18. All temperatures in Canadian Celsius, of course.

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