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The Westward Viking Festival: a Real Taste of Vinland Celebrate with us! July 21-31, 2014

Join us for the 3rd annual Westward Viking Festival: a Real Taste of Vinland in enchanting L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador. Held each year for the ten days of July 21-31st, we invite you to join in the celebrations and experience the cultural and natural wonders of the Northern Peninsula:

Walk back in time along the Birchy Nuddick trail at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic site and experience a living Viking encampment at three reconstructed sod huts. Forge iron nails with Ragnar the blacksmith or learn single-needle knitting from the Chief's wife, Thora.

At Norstead, join costumed interpreters in the dim light of the Viking-style Chieftain's Hall. Step aboard the full-scale replica Viking ship "Snorri". Enjoy a campfire complete with stories, mussel boil and musical entertainment.

Introduce yourself to a pair of loyal and affable Newfoundland dogs.

Tour the bogs of St. Lunaire-Griquet, soon to be resplendent with berries, and taste some of The Dark Tickle Company's delicious products.

Dance the night away to traditional Irish/Newfoundland music and become an honorary Newfoundlander at one of the island's famous activities for come-from-aways - a Screech-in - at Skipper Hot's Lounge in Straitsview.

Experience the old-fashioned Newfoundland tradition of mummering at Northern Delight Restaurant in Gunners Cove, and taste their wonderful cloudberry (bakeapple) desserts.

Enjoy tapas and martinis made with local berries and iceberg ice (the purest ice on the planet!) at the Norseman Restaurant.

Let our Viking interpreters take you back to far away and long ago as they regale you with tales from the Viking Sagas at the Daily Catch and L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.

Set sail from Vinland with Northland Discovery Boat Tours with Viking on Board, and take in the salt air and sea creatures as you experience live music accompanied by stories of discovery and adventure.

Members of the Leif Erikson International Foundation will return to the community of L’Anse aux Meadows with a slab of Icelandic basalt to be installed in front of the Leif Eriksson statue on the afternoon of July 26. This rune stone will carry a plaque inscribed with the names of all statue donors, and the commemoration “their footprints, our path.”

Come celebrate at the special events on Saturday July 26, featuring a rune stone unveiling in the afternoon, followed by the 2nd annual A Taste of Vinland gala showcase featuring folk-rock singer Snorri Helgason from Reykjavik and so much more as described below...

A truly regional showcase, everyone is invited to join us in celebrating the arrival of the Norse at Vinland during the exciting and activity-packed Westward Viking Festival!

Festival highlights:

A Taste of Vinland Gala Showcase

Saturday, July 26th, 7 - 10 pm Visitor Centre, L'Anse aux Meadows NHS Tickets $45; please call 623-2608 for information

Celebrate with us at this exciting evening of culinary collaboration and cultural celebration! This showcase of regional and international entertainment, music, storytelling, food and laughter will highlight the many wonderful cultural experiences offered by local businesses and organisations in the L'Anse aux Meadows region. Those sharing this special evening with us will receive a small handmade keepsake souvenir.

With an ice carving by Chef Steve Watson standing sentry nearby, a feast of traditional Newfoundland, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Viking fare will be available for sampling, prepared in cooperation with local restaurants, Chef Watson, and Chef Arden Jackson from the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto. Be enthralled by our masterful Viking storytellers of L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and enjoy live musical performances. Performers include folk-rock singer Snorri Helgason direct from Reykjavik, the return of Icelandic-Canadian folksinger Lindy Vopnfjörd, Viking re-enactors and other local musicians from the Great Northern Peninsula.

Following the A Taste of Vinland Gala Showcase, please join us for an evening beach bonfire and fireworks display on the shores of the community of L'Anse aux Meadows.

Representatives from Parks Canada, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto, Leif Eriksson International Foundation of Seattle, Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle, and the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador will in attendance at this unique event.