This year, one of Metro Vancouver’s most acclaimed festivals, Surrey Fusion Festival, is going virtual to bring you the best food, music, entertainment, and cultural celebrations — all to be uniquely enjoyed from the convenience of home.
In participation with Culture Days, the festival will host an interactive cultural video series where you can learn about different cultures through a series of “how-to” videos. The series will include how to recreate your favourite street food, make a new craft, or dive deep into other cultures you might not be familiar with.
The Interactive Cultural Video Series will take place on Facebook and Instagram every day for four weeks, from September 25 to October 25. Back in September, the City of Surrey hosted a virtual Fusion Festival to honour the cultural event that typically takes place at Holland Park every year. If you missed out on the fun, you can still check out the Virtual Surrey Fusion Festival Livestream.
Now, back to the interactive videos. Perhaps most impressive for local foodies are the wide-ranging cooking tutorials on offer, which show you how to make unique dishes that are otherwise only attainable at cultural festivals and ethnic restaurants.
Seriously expand your cooking repertoire by attending free virtual classes on how to make Indigenous bannock, Ecuadorian ceviche, Vietnamese salad rolls, juicy Jamaican smoothies, Guatemalan horchata, and how to master the Canadian poutine (just to name a few).
The videos will also explore various dance and arts and crafts tutorials for you to take part in at home, featuring “how-to” activities from last year’s cultural pavilions. Surrey’s Heritage Museum, Art Gallery, and Civic Theatres will also be joining in on the fun by hosting activities of their own on the platform.
Get a lesson on how to make beautiful Japanese origami, the right way to tie an Indian sari, or new games, like the Nigerian game of Ayo, by joining some activity-based videos. Grow your knowledge and understanding of different cultures with educational content on traditional instruments of Africa, Carnival culture in Trinidad and Tobago, Palestinian home decor, and so much more.
There’s also tons for the kiddos to take part in, like painting a map of Canada and the kids’ crafts segment where you can learn to make flower crowns, paper lanterns, and beaver puppets.
Follow along on Instagram and Facebook for the latest on putting your culinary skills to the test, gaining insights on other cultures, and celebrating all the diversity to be found within our big, beautiful province. Scope out the full video listing to map out all the events you don’t want to miss.