Sunday, August 14

Great Lakes Folk Festival 2011

It was quite a rainy weekend for this year's Great Lake Folk Festival. Though it was showering and sprinkling on and off both Sat. and Sun., festival attendees were still adventurous coming out and having a good time. The unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, hands-on activity workshops, and celebration of cultural heritage was held Aug. 12-14, in downtown East Lansing.

I was out there early on Friday evening. The weather couldn't have been any better, it was gorgeous! Tents were set up for vendors, artists, and creators.

M.A.C stage was up and ready for a great performance lineup.

Feufollet warming up before their first performance of the weekend on Friday. Group members share common interests in French language, music, and Louisiana heritage. They have been recognized as one of the best and most accomplished young Cajun bands to emerge in Louisiana in recent years.

Great turnout for Feufollet's performance. The crowd loved them, and so did I!

News 10's reporter, Liam Martin, and camera crew were also there.

It was a beautiful Friday evening to start off the festival. I was enjoying great music, while drinking Michigan beer, and having a nice time with my good friends.

Green Kitchen Stage has always been my favorite spot at this festival. It was a great fun for me to attend those well-put-together sessions by MSU Museum -- including food demos, bee keeping, soap making, canning, fermentation, kitchen cosmetics, and much more. I've learned a lot every year.

Raw food demonstration at Green Kitchen stage, by Kritina Zwick, featured raw recipes including cashew cheese, taco mixture, and raw smoothies. The demo is a part of the Grassroots Green Program featuring an array of ways in which people are choosing the green life in several area throughout the festival grounds.

Green Arts Marketplace featuring creators and vendors of products that reuse and recycle.

Dance Stage

Another performance by Feufollet. They were quite a crowd's favorite!

A performance by Teada, at the M.A.C. stage. Love their Irish tunes!

Chinese Pipa soloist, Gao Hong, performing amazingly beautiful music at City Hall stage.

Once again, a great festival produced by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program at the Michigan State University Museum!

Until next year...


  1. Faublous photos from one of my favorite events! Wasn't it the best? You're so good to get your post up so soon! Lovely blog, Rachel!

  2. Thank you, Jeanie! Despite the rain, I had a nice time. One of my favorite events as well. I hope you got to dance to those music!


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