Stone Soup Festival 2009

Planting Pumpkin

The Stone Soup Festival at Britannia on Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC fell on Mother’s Day weekend this year. We arrived at the festival just as the jolly Carnival Band was rambling around the park and were soon planting pumpkin and sunflower seeds, feeding the chickens at the Backyard Chicken information desk and munching on a bowl of hearty FREE stone soup.

This was my first time at the festival and I was really impressed and surprised that although there were a few vendors selling honey, dehydrated vegetable crackers, pottery, gourmet foods and plants, the main content of the festival was information.

I stopped at a mason bee exhibition and was impressed to discover that even though I could buy a very affordable bee home and bees, I could actually make the same thing myself from bamboo and just put it in a sunny spot and let some prayers drift on the wind in hopes that some mason bees will make it their home. I felt no pressure to spend money, but I did get a great mug for my mother while there.

We also stopped and got some delicious food in the large hall and sat down to listen to a tiny old lady sing and dance in Spanish. As we were leaving we caught the encore from the group of kids who were providing the music for a happy throng of dancing bodies.

There was a lot of stuff going on at the festival including talks in the library, we were unable to do everything and so I don’t have a comprehensive list of participants but a look through the information pamphlets that I brought home cover a wide cross-section of the grass-roots movements and culture that has built up in the area:

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