The annual Sail Festival took place here in Karlskrona in Sweden this weekend. The Sail, or Sailet - as we call it in Swedish (SweEnglish), is a local tradition dating back to 1980. Originally it was an event where sailboats from around the world made their way to Karlskrona harbour. However, the last couple of years it has mostly consisted of food stands, beer tents and music. But I still think it is a lovely occasion and it is a festival I attend every year.
Now this year my favourite part was the new International Food Corner, where foods from around the world were showcased and sold. But also the rest of the walk along the harbour was very nice indeed. And below are some more moments from Sail Karlskrona 2012 that I managed to capture on camera. :-)
The big sail boat attraction this year was the ship The Brig Tre Kronor af Stockholm.
Which you could actually board and sail with during the festival.
There were also many naval boats and showcases along the harbour.
As well as lots of different market stands and people.
You could buy wigs.
And listen to lovely flute music for instance.
You could also take the little sightseeing train around Karlskrona.
Or run beside it...
And as always at markets (in Southern Sweden anyway), there were plenty of Langos carts at the Sail.
Sail Karlskrona 2012 along the harbour.
Sail Karlskrona 2012 along the harbour continues.
Many people decided to eat and relax along the way.
This old English ice cream bus is a new addition to Karlskrona this summer, it usually stands at The Fish Square but during the Sail Festival they had moved it up here to the harbour. The funny thing about this ice cream bus is that they sell Italian ice cream in there - in an English bus - in Sweden. Hehe.
The International Food Corner! Yay!!
Lots to choose from!
German pretzels (brezels).
Australian barbecue... Now this was an...ehum...unusual food stand to see in Sweden indeed. Lol!
This one was a surprise too, but in a more mouth watering kind of way. Yum!!
English truffles! Big truffles!! And plenty of them too! Hehe. ;p Very popular indeed!
After all those food tents, time for another break.
The big beer tent and stage at the end of the harbour Sail Festival area.
Inside the beer tent area. I was there in the middle of the day, so it was quite calm then.
And in case you felt like paddling along the harbour instead of walking, there were of course also opportunities to do so as well. :p
Now usually the Sail Festival marks the end of summer and vacation for me, but this year I feel like we have not really had a proper summer which could come to an end - because it has been a quite cold summer season. Nevertheless, the Sail is the last big event of the summer here in Karlskrona and therefore I guess summer has sort of ended now. Though I think I will linger on to the hope that a little tiny, tiny heat wave might still finds its way to Karlskrona before August ends. But either way, the Sail Festival this year was a successful one in my opinion. :-)
Finally, to end this post I am going to move on to a completely different topic. Recently I was asked to be interviewed by a nice and talanted fellow named Jay. Now Jay runs the website comicbookandmoviereviews.com where the interview went online yesterday, and it turned out great by the way! Jay truly did a wonderful job putting it all together, so I am very grateful and appreciative for this opportunity - Thank You Jay! :-)