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Taste Of Saskatchewan: Day 1 Blog Post

 

By Ezekiel McAdams

 

July 11 2017

   Taste Of Saskatchewan began on a cold front. The kind of weather that is holding the rain back through the clouds.  The cool weather didn't deter the crowds though.

           

  I stopped by the booths of new restaurants, October Authentic Asian Cuisine, O'Shea's, Quesada Burritos and Tacos and Una Pizza and Wine.

 

  October had a Ramen that was delicious. Brothy goodness with a kick. I didn't try it but their Baby Octopus looks like it could be a must have of the festival just for the pure wow factor.

           

  O'Shea' had crispy potato  fries as well as a Guinness braised sausage on a Kaiser bun. If you want that Irish/British pub feel, there's no place else then the O'Shea's booth to curb that craving.

           

  Quesada had both a street taco as well as their desert, Mexican Street Fritter that was a desert that was packed with too much whip cream but totally worth it.

           

  Finally Una's booth surprised me with their Kale Salad sprinkled with Bacon Bits. Probably my favorite of the day.

           

  For entertainment, I was lucky to see Serge Tremblay as well as entertainment coordinator, Konnie Horne on accompaniment. Serge's music had a laidback European vibe that was soothing and both danceable.

  It was Rugged Little Things, that in my opinion, stole the show. This was Saskatchewan's answer to O Brother, Where Art Thou? A perfect harmony of bluegrass and folk, that was soothing to both my ears and the weather climate.

           

  Topher Mils had a rugged, folksy charm in both his vocals and performance and was just perfect listening music while you're enjoying the food and atmosphere at the festival.

Kelly Read, Small Kitchen Radio, To Soon Monsoon, Dirty & The Perks, The Chickadees and Stuck in the 80s also played throughout the day.