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CroatiaFest is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with the CroatiaFest Committee.

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

COVID-19 Protocols:
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

The festival will take place in-person: Sunday, October 2, 12pm-6pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall. It is free and open to the public.

CroatiaFest’s mission is to promote and preserve Croatian culture and to educate future generations of Croatian Americans and the general public with the richness and beauty of Croatian Culture and Croatian American contributions to the building of the United States of America. The festival is presented annually in October and is organized by a committee of volunteers with additional groups of community representatives and volunteer workers.

EVENT SCHEDULE

TIME PERFORMANCE/ACTIVITY LOCATION
ALL-DAY Andy's Exotic Woods

Unique designed bowls, platters and gifts

Balkan Store
Imported Croatian Foods

Croatia Today
Travel agents from Adriatic Travel

CroatiaFest Souvenirs
Variety of CroatiaFest Apparel


Croatian Fixation
Croatian-themed apparel and other fun items


Croatian Gifts
Handcrafted ceramics and gift items


Drusk Trading Company
Imported Croatian Olive Oil from Istria

Kids Activities
Passport Scavenger Hunt

Mara K Oblak Photography
Beautiful photos and cards of scenic Croatia

Palačinke
Made-to-order crepes prepared by Balkan Task Force & Forum for Leadership & Reconciliation

Povitica
Walnut Bread presented by American Slavic Women's Club

Sarma
Meat-stuffed cabbage rolls prepared by Baked in Bosnia

Armory Floor
ALL-DAY Alcena Woods, Featured Artist

Featured artist at CroatiaFest on October 2nd is Alcena Woods, a homegrown Washingtonian. Her Croatian heritage is via marriage; years ago, she fell in love with her husband, John, and the amazing Croatian culture. Her husband's maternal family is from Zezevica, located about one hour inland from Makarska.

Alcena will present fine art Giclee prints of her six favorite original watercolor paintings at CroatiaFest in the Armory 3rd Floor Art Gallery. All are printed with archival pigmented inks on archival Arches aquarelle textured watercolor paper. These prints and more are available for purchase.
Armory Loft Lobby
ALL-DAY

Georgia's Food Truck
Lamb Kababs

Riba
Barbecued Salmon prepared by David Lovorvich

Outside Armory
12:00pm-12:15pm Opening Ceremony Armory Stage
12:20pm-12:45pm Dave & Dalmatians Armory Stage
12:30pm-4:30pm Consular Days

Representatives from the Republic of Croatia Consulate Office of Los Angeles

The Consulate General of Croatia will be available for Consular Days for passport and citizenships applications and notary services. Please make sure to bring originals and at least one set of copies of all required documents. The Consulate's office will not be able to accept incomplete applications. By appointment only, reservations can be made starting September 1st, via e- mail at  losangeles@mvep.hr or by calling the Consulate at 310.477.1009. Appointments are available on the first come, first served basis. Please note: the Consulate only accepts personal checks or money orders payable to the Croatian Consulate.

Armory Loft 4
12:50pm-1:15pm Tamburaški Orkestar Kardinal Stepinac Armory Stage
1:00pm-2:00pm "From Gorski Kotar to the Cascades"

Throughout the past two years, CroatiaFest has taken you— through video presentations—to some of our local Croatian-American communities in Washington State. We have presented segments on the histories and customs of Croatians in Anacortes, Gig Harbor, and West Seattle, featuring interviews with locals and tours of historic sites. No history of Croatians in Washington State would be complete without a visit to Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald. The CroatiaFest team spent two weekends exploring these three towns, speaking to locals and historians.

Armory Loft 3
1:00pm-2:00pm "Searching For Your Croatian Roots"

Genealogist Robert Jerin of Cleveland, Ohio, is returning as the featured genealogist at CroatiaFest 2022 in-person festival.  Robert has been researching Croatian family histories since 1986, and for the past 20 years he has been conducting Croatian genealogy workshops across the United States and Croatia. As a result of this research, he has self-published a handbook, "Searching for Your Croatian Roots," which includes the only known database of Croatian given names and their English equivalents.

1:00pm-2:00pm CroatiaFest Wine Cellars

Returning to CroatiaFest 2022 is Croatian-American vintner Jason Morin of Ancestry Cellars.  Each wine produced by Jason and his family tells a story – a story rich in family history and Croatian wine making heritage.

The Balkan Store of Lynnwood will be pouring and selling wines from Croatia, showcasing wines they offer in their store.

CroatiaFest is excited to welcome from Edmonds, Vinbero Wine Bar and their Bar Manager Devin Olson. Devin developed an appreciation for Croatian wines during his travels and maintains a close relationship with Croatian vintners.

Back by popular demand, CroatiaFest will also present the “Rakija Bar”, featuring a variety of Maraska liquors imported from the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. 

Bonaca and Klapa DooWopella will be in the cellars providing traditional Croatian music for your entertainment. 

With the admission price of $15.00, you will receive an etched CroatiaFest souvenir stemmed wine glass and 3 tokens for purchase of your beverage of choice. Must be 21 years and older.  ID required at the door. 

Armory Loft 2
1:20pm-1:45pm Seattle Jr. Tamburitzans Armory Stage
1:50pm-2:15pm Tamburaški Orkestar Kišobran Armory Stage
2:20pm-2:35pm Outstanding Croatian Awards Armory Stage
2:30pm-3:30pm Croatian Citizenship

With Renee Pea, Croatian Consul General of Los Angeles

The process of gaining dual citizenship with Croatia, is a wildly popular topic with Croatia's recent changes to their process. Renee Pea, Consul General of The Republic of Croatia in Los Angeles, will be giving an in-person presentation at CroatiaFest to explain the process and answer questions.  Her presentation is a must before you begin the journey to naturalization.

Armory Loft 3
2:40pm-3:05pm Radost Folk Ensemble Armory Stage
3:00pm-4:00pm Cooking Demonstration

Sisters Marija Mataja and Antonija Stipetić will be demonstrating their excellant art of baking a delicate traditional cookie Kosnice od Oraha (Walnut Beehives). You don’t want to miss seeing this demonstration and enjoy a taste of this extraordinary desert.

3:10pm-3:35pm Dunava Armory Stage
3:40pm-4:05pm Bonaca Armory Stage
4:00pm-5:00pm "From Gorski Kotar to the Cascades"

Video Presentation of Roslyn, Ronald & Cle Elum

Throughout the past two years, CroatiaFest has taken you— through video presentations—to some of our local Croatian-American communities in Washington State. We have presented segments on the histories and customs of Croatians in Anacortes, Gig Harbor, and West Seattle, featuring interviews with locals and tours of historic sites. No history of Croatians in Washington State would be complete without a visit to Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald. The CroatiaFest team spent two weekends exploring these three towns, speaking to locals and historians.

Armory Loft 3
4:10pm-4:35pm Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble & Ruze Dalmatinke Armory Stage
4:40pm-5:05pm Radost Folk Ensemble Armory Stage
5:10pm-5:35pm Klapa DooWopella Armory Stage
5:40pm-6:00pm Sinovi Armory Stage


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OVERVIEW
Seattle Center Festál presents CroatiaFest in partnership with CroatiaFest. The festival presents Croatian culture through music and dance performances by the finest Croatian musicians, singers and dance ensembles from the Pacific Northwest, Canada and beyond. Museum quality exhibits tell the story of the Croatian American immigrant experience through historical photos, artifacts, traditional costumes and folk instruments. Attendees can enjoy cooking demonstrations of traditional foods by Croatian chefs. The office of the Croatian Consulate assists with passports, visas and official government documents. 

HISTORY

CroatiaFest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since its inception in 2004, CroatiaFest’s mission is to promote and preserve Croatian culture and to educate future generations of Croatian Americans and the general public with the richness and beauty of Croatian culture and Croatian American contributions to the building of the U.S. With the Honorary Croatian Consul to the State of Washington, Dr. Frank Brozovich, and the support of the Croatian American community of the Pacific Northwest and Canada, CroatiaFest is able to present Croatian culture, history, cuisine, music, original traditional costumes and dance to the thousands of festival attendees and the hundreds of visitors of the Seattle Center campus.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Dalmatian dog breed can be traced back to the Croatian coastal region of Dalmatia.
  • Together with Spain, Croatia has the highest number of UNESCO intangible goods of any European country.
  • Nikola Tesla, electrical-mechanical engineer, is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply, was born in Smiljan, Croatia.
  • The Maglite flashlight was designed by Anthony ‘Tony’ Maglica who was born in Croatia on island of Zlarin.
  • Croatia is the home of the necktie. The modern necktie that spread from Europe traces back to Croatian mercenaries serving in France during the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648).

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