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18 Jun, 2018

Celebrating Summer Solstice in Ottawa (and a giveaway!)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

I was talking to someone today about how SOME people say that Ottawa is boring. Urgh. I hate those people. Folks, if you think Ottawa is boring, YOU are boring. There is so much great stuff going on, and so much of it is free. All you need to know, is how to find out about it. :) So, in the interest of Finding Out About Things, if you’re looking something fun and interesting (and free!) to do in Ottawa, consider the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival. It’s taking place at Vincent Massey Park from June 21 to 24. There is a full program of events and activities scheduled and all of it is family-friendly.

For example, this year’s Family Fun Zone (combined with free admission!) definitely makes the festival an appealing destination for Ottawa families. There are bungee trampolines, bouncy-inflatables, a rock climbing wall, interactive arts, crafts and culinary pavilions, and a live Birds of Prey show. There is much to see and learn about!

A big item on the program is the 2018 Summer Solstice Competition Pow Wow. It attracts the best singers and dancers from across North America and there is $75,000 worth of prizes at stake. Trust me when I say this will be a sight to behold.

Of course, food is a big part of any celebration and there’s food to be found here as well in the form of a special Long Table luncheon or dinner on Friday June 22. These top chefs are bringing some amazing meals to the table. (You can read more about them on the bottom of this page.)

It’s a droolworthy menu for sure. The lunch menu includes: Toasted Sunflower Seed Latte (garnished with whipped cream and cinnamon); Quinoa and Smoked Venison Salad with Quail Eggs and Mixed Greens tossed in a Cedar Vinaigrette (garnished with fresh chives); Pulled Duck Slider in Mexican Molé Sauce with Three Sisters Relish.

Behold the dinner menu: Birch Syrup and Cranberry Wine-soaked Blueberry and Blackcurrant Shooter (garnished with greek yogurt and fresh mint); Roasted Corn, Red Pepper, and Cauliflower Salad with Dandelion Greens and Wild Rice tossed in a Walnut and Juniper Berry Vinaigrette; Elderflower-infused Tomatoes with Mushrooms, Avocado and Garlic Aioli (garnished with Fresh Thyme and Sumac Spice); Sunchoke and New Potato Salad with Spruce Tip-infused Asparagus tossed in a Herb Vinaigrette (garnished with Blackened Mint Dust); Braised Bison Osso Bucco in a Red Wine and Herb Sauce.

Wow. Wow. Wow.

I was offered tickets and I wish I could go, but we’re booked. The silver lining here, of course, is that YOU can win tickets for yourself and three of your friends or family members.

These meals are family-friendly but I’m thinking this would this would also make a fun date night!

Interested in this spectacular culinary experience? Please review the details before you put your name down:

  • This giveaway is for four tickets to the 2018 Long Table luncheon or dinner at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and will be given to one individual.
  • In order for your entry to qualify, all you need to do is (a) Check out the event details on the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival website and (b) leave a comment below letting me know whether you prefer lunch tickets or dinner tickets.
  • For a bonus second entry, leave a second comment letting us know what other sights or activities you’d like to take in while you are at the festival.
  • One entry per email address, please, but make sure you’re able to attend before you enter. e.g. Babysitter is available, your calendar is cleared. Thank you!
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason, you can email it to andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw the winning name using Random.org at 6 p.m. EST on June 20, 2018. I’ll contact the winner via email at that time and post the name here as well.

Sound good? Over to you!

14 Responses to "Celebrating Summer Solstice in Ottawa (and a giveaway!)"

1 | Danielle

June 18th, 2018 at 1:49 pm


Oh, lunch. What a lunch it would be!!

2 | Kate

June 18th, 2018 at 2:32 pm


Dinner. Looks awesome!

3 | Ar

June 18th, 2018 at 6:57 pm


dinner, looks amazing!

4 | Ar

June 18th, 2018 at 7:00 pm


I would also check out the round dancing

5 | Sissy

June 18th, 2018 at 10:19 pm


Dinner! And I love watching grand entry.

6 | Kate

June 19th, 2018 at 6:50 am


We’d also check out the family events – it all looks great, but especially the language maze.

7 | Denise

June 19th, 2018 at 7:28 am


Dinner would be amazing!

8 | Denise

June 19th, 2018 at 7:51 am


Indigenous Day Live Concert, love live music

9 | Tammy

June 19th, 2018 at 3:59 pm


Would love dinner tickets!

10 | Tammy

June 19th, 2018 at 4:00 pm


We plan on going to the pow wow

11 | Meghan Maack

June 19th, 2018 at 9:04 pm


Dinner for me!

12 | Meghan Maack

June 19th, 2018 at 9:05 pm


I have never been and would love to see the dancing!

13 | andrea tomkins

June 20th, 2018 at 6:53 pm


Comments are closed to new entries. I’ll be posting the winner in a minute!

14 | andrea tomkins

June 20th, 2018 at 6:55 pm


We have a winnnerrrr.
It’s Kate! Check your email Kate! I hope you have a GREAT dinner. I want to hear all about it. :)

Thanks for your entries, everyone. Have a great weekend.

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