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Folklorama, in its 44th year, offers Winnipeggers the opportunity to sample tastes and sounds from around the world without packing a suitcase.

The Croatian pavilion at West Kildonan Collegiate, 101 Ridgecrest Ave., is rich with traditional food, energetic performances of music and dance, and gives a visitors a glimpse at the history and heritage of Croatia.

With no Croatian restaurants in Winnipeg, the pavilion provides locals one of the few opportunities they have to indulge in fresh, authentic Croatian food. The food is proudly not catered and is made by volunteers.

To tantalize your palate, here are some popular dishes and beverages that will be served:
Sarma, a favourite dish among many, is a cabbage roll made with sauerkraut and is filled with a mixture of ground beef, pork and rice. Ražnjici are pork shish-kebabs.

To quench your thirst while watching the performers, sip a glass of pivo (beer). Ozujsko and Karlovacko will be two brands to choose from. One of the major imported beverages at the pavilion will be Slivovica (plum brandy).

A live Tamburica orchestra (a musical instrument similar to a mandolin) will accompany the dance ensemble. A gusle, described as an "archaic-looking violin," by Gospic, will accompany a singer.

The Croatian pavilion runs until August 10. Show times are Sunday to Friday: 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 9:45 p.m.; Saturday: 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m., and 11 p.m.

Visit folklorama.ca for more information.

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Croatian singer Dusko Lokin and two other popular singers from Croatia will perform at the Croatian Hall, 2688 Main St., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Tickets for the concert will be available for purchase at the Croatian pavilion during Folklorama.

Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for Riverbend and Rivergrove. You can contact her at christina.hiebert@gmail.com.

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