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CroatiaFest 2019: Celebration of Croatian culture taking place in Seattle

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17 August 2019 – CroatiaFest, which is an annual celebration of Croatian culture, will take place in the U.S. city of Seattle in October. 

CroatiaFest2019 will be held at the Seattle Center Armory as part of the Festal Series of Festivals on 5-6 October. Founded in 2004, CroatiaFest is organised by a dedicated group of community members in order to share with the community at large the rich history and culture of Croatia.

(Photo: CroatiaFest 2018)

In addition to the top music, dance and food that make the Croatian culture so unique, there will be food demonstrations and vendors selling Croatian merchandise at the festival. 

Festival Highlights

October 5, 2019 – Saturday Evening Events

Croatian Mass – Join us for Croatian Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 732 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112.  Traditional Croatian Catholic hymns will be sung accompanied by tamburiza musicians. 

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.

(Photo: CroatiaFest 2018)

October 6, 2019 – All-Day Festival

Festivities begin at Seattle Center Armory with opening ceremonies at noon. The festival will include:

MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT:  All day performances by some of the finest Croatian Music and Dances Ensembles from the United States and Canada. 

(Photo: CroatiaFest 2018)

FUN FOR KIDS: CroatiaFest invites families with children to stop by Kids Activity Booth on the main floor of the Armory to engage in one of the many crafts that will be available for the young ones.

CROATIAN CONSULAR DAYS: Don’t miss this chance to get or renew your important Croatian documents, passport or citizenship in Seattle. Phone: Croatian Consulate Office in Los Angeles 310-477-1009.

CULTURE: The Art Gallery displays various genre of works created by local Croatian artists. Original antique Croatian costumes can be viewed throughout the gallery. 

(Photo: CroatiaFest 2018)

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.

HISTORY:  Exhibition panels feature the history of Croatian Americans who have contributed to the building of the United States of America., immigrant stories and photo display.

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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 and cheese & meat filled burek. 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).

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CROATIAN WINE CELLARS: Wine enthusiasts are invited to participate in CroatiaFest Wine Cellars.  This event will again provide opportunity to taste wines produced by Croatian-American vintners or imported from Croatia.  These wines will also be available for sale.   You will also learn about wine tours in Croatia Must be 21 years and older with ID for admittance.

QUINCY’S EXPANDED BEER GARDEN: You are welcome purchase food at anyone of CroatiaFest’s seven food booths (4 outside and 3 inside the Armory) or from anyone of the Armory food vendors along the perimeter of the Armory and take your entrée into Quincy’s to enjoy a Karlovačko Pivo or your favorite beverage in the newly expanded beer garden.

MERCHANT VENDORS:  A variety of Croatian goods and souvenirs for your shopping pleasure.

(Photo: CroatiaFest 2018)

INFORMATION BOOTH: Stop by the CroatiaFest Information booth to pick up the beautifully designed souvenir program, take a handout of the schedule of the day’s activities, or purchase tickets to the wine tasting. Our staff of volunteers are ready to answer your questions.

GENEALOGY: An opportunity to speak with an expert genealogist about tracing your ancestral Croatian roots.

More details can be found on the website and on the official Facebook page. 


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