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Inaugural Great Northern Viking Festival just around the corner for Northern Peninsula

The Great Northern Viking Festival logo was donated by Dan Villeneuve, president and CEO of Great Northern Port Inc., and designed by Rick Austin. CONTRIBUTED BY RICK AUSTIN LOGO DESIGN
The Great Northern Viking Festival logo was donated by Dan Villeneuve, president and CEO of Great Northern Port Inc., and designed by Rick Austin. CONTRIBUTED BY RICK AUSTIN LOGO DESIGN - Contributed

Event to close tourist season on tip of the peninsula

GREAT NORTHERN PENINSULA, N.L. — Wendy Nuttall had a vision for a new year-end festival on the Great Northern Peninsula and soon it will become reality.
From Oct. 3-6, the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula will be hosting the first ever Great Northern Viking Festival.
Nuttall, acting as coordinator, conceived of the annual event as a celebration to mark the end of the peninsula’s tourist season.
She worked to organize the event through the summer and has found a number of different partners to help get the festival running.
It will incorporate different aspects of the region’s heritage and culture, with a number of events centered around Vikings and the fishery.
Events will take place in St. Anthony, Quirpon, Straitsview, Hay Cove and L’Anse aux Meadows.

Great Northern Viking Festival Events, Oct. 3 – 6

October 3, 2019
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Viking Site

10 a.m. & 2 p.m
Dark Tickle Economuse’e, Berry Walk, St. Lunaire-Griquet
Contact: (709) 623-2354
kknudsen@darktickle.com

7 p.m.
Movie Night & Popcorn at Parks Canada, National Historic L’Anse aux Meadows Viking Site, visitor centre at L’Anse aux Meadows

October 4, 2019
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Viking Site

10 a.m. & 2 p.m. 
Dark Tickle Economuse’e, Berry Walk, St. Lunaire- Griquet
Contact: (709) 623-2354
kknudsen@darktickle.com

12 p.m.
Baked Cod Lunch
Presented by Café Nymph and the Norseman Restaurant with live performances, recitations and folk tales, St. Lunaire-Griquet
Contact: kknudsen@darktickle.com

5 – 7 p.m.
‘For the Love of Cod’
Seven-course dinner with local entertainer Calvin Blake. Venue to be announced. For tickets and updated information contact: greatnorthernvikingfestival@wendynuttall.ca or (709) 623-2811

October 5, 2019
11 a.m.
Inshore fishing demonstration in the fishing village of Quirpon
Get an up close first-hand look at fishing people at work. Using a gaff to hook a buoy in the water, plus other everyday skills that have been passed down through generations of Newfoundland fishing people. 
In addition, skippers will maneuver boats through a predesigned course. This event is a team competition with three fisherpersons to a boat. This is a great spectator event, so come and cheer on your favourite team.
In case of a rough sea, the inshore fishing demonstration activities will be held on shore. Other activities will also be held to show the skillset of a fisherman.
To register your boat team, contact marigail63@hotmail.com or contact Marilyn Earle at 709-623-2069 or 709-454-5262

6 p.m.
Steak Night with Live Entertainment from Jordan Mugford and Albert Kinsella at Haven Inn, St. Anthony
Contact: info@haveninn.ca or (709) 454-9100

October 6, 2019
8 p.m. 
Skipper Hots Famous Kitchen Party with Irish & Newfoundland Music. 
Skipper Hot’s Band will entertain will entertain with its ever popular Screech-Ins with signed Screech-In Certificate. 
Plus, Viking Festival - Best Dressed Viking awards & prizes will be awarded. Vikings and Non-Vikings are welcome in the community of Straitsview at Skipper Hot’s Pub N’ Grub
Contact: (709) 623-2343 or fordmblake@hotmail.com

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Great Northern Peninsula Viking Breakfast served by Re-enactment Vikings. Watch for venue to be announced.

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