Canada Day Block Party returning with a day full of fun events and activities

Calling all Canadians and Canadian enthusiasts! Following the huge success of last year's inaugural event, Belfast's second Canada Day Block Party is back later this month, hosted by Oui Poutine and Kubo.

The Canada Day Block Party will feature some favourite local arts, food and craft makers including Canadian poutine and maple syrup stalls, live music and dance performances, hockey, curling and face painting.

Canada Day marks the anniversary of the day the country's three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united on July 1, 1867. They came together to form one single Dominion that was part of the British Empire and is now a member of the Commonwealth.

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The celebration is often referred to as Canada's birthday and sees Canadians celebrate both at home and around the world.

Belfast's Canada Day festival was the brainchild of Kylah Dittmar and Nallaine Calvo, who have since made Northern Ireland their home. Originally from Montreal, Kylah moved to Northern Ireland ten years ago and is the founder of Belfast-based food truck, Oui Poutine.

Filipino Canadian Nallaine set up her successful business called KUBO three years ago at the beginning of lockdown. They later connected through their respective food businesses and became friends.

This year's event runs at Banana Block on Saturday, June 29th from 11am until 4pm with The Lord Mayor attending and opening the festival following the Canadian national anthem.

Nallaine told Belfast Live: "This year at Canada Day we'll see many activities and entertainment including the Ballymena Vandals Hockey Club doing goalie shootouts so people will be able to shoot goals against a goalie!

"There'll also be curling demonstrations by the Irish Curling Association; Macrame Workshop by Astrl Fibers: live performances including a violinist and acoustic guitarist performing popular Canadian songs; Highland Dancing brought to us by Discover Ulster Scots and a special comedy set by Darren Matthews.

"There is going to be a market style festival with many local artists and makers running stalls - art stalls, Jamaican food, Asian style bagels, craft stalls and hand crafted jewellery are among the stallholders we have this year.

"Oui Poutine will of course be there as well as Moose & Maple, returning this year with a pancake stall served with warm, pure maple syrup!"

More details are available here.

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