Aug 26, 2011

Merrill Shindler, famous food critic in Los Angeles, spotlights the 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod!

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Merrill Shindler
Merrill Shindler will be spotlighting the 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts on his Saturday night radio program 'Feed Your Face!'

Listen in on Saturday Sept 3rd and Sept 10th between 6pm and 8pm, and a special interview on Sept 17th with head chef Alex Webber of Alex Catering to talk about his preparations for the Welsh festival and what he will be cooking. Yum!
This is really exciting for me and I hope it is for you too, as Merrill has a vast reach of listeners and will help bring even more people out to learn about Welsh and Welsh-American culture! Thank you Merrill!

Merrill is editor of the Los Angeles Zagat Survey, host of Fine Living: Critics on the Fine Living Network, restaurant critic for the Copley and San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, and host of a weekly program on how much fun it is to put things in your mouth on KABC Radio.
Alex's Menu for the 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts will include:

Festival Menu (prices tba / subject to change)

Welsh Omelet (Bacon, Mushroom, Leek) Welsh Cawl (Lamb, Potato, Leek Stew) Bowl of Soup Toasted Welsh Rarebit (Cheese, Leeks and Beer on Toasted Bread)
Glamorgan sausage with Fries and Peas Grilled Liver and Onions with Stwns Pork, Leek and Chive Sausage with Stwns (mashed roots)
Vegetarian Curry Leek Burger and Chips Fish and Chips
For more on Alex Catering goto:

This is just one of the four delicious ways to spend the weekend. So how about trying Welsh Cakes from the Welsh Baker - flavors include classic (plain), raisin, cranberry, blueberry, cinnamon, chocolate chip, lemon poppy, pecan and walnut maple! Almost forget to mention their cake popsicles - oh so good! 

Or step up and drink a cold Sir Nathan's Red Dragon Lemonade, where money raised goes to help childrens cancer needs. The drink is named in honor of Nathan Lev a young artist who is battling cancer with his art and the help of the Red Dragon! Further afield, you may also have a inkling to taste Oberon's famous ale! But beware, this joint has a Welsh pirate theme so you may be asked to walk the plank if you can't handle your liquor. All in good fun of course, and Oberon's brings their own bardic entertainment! 

A little more about the festival:

The 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts is sponsored by the Meriwether Lewis Memorial Eisteddfod Foundation in association with AmeriCymru and A Raven Above Press and will take place at The Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 90027 on Sept 23-25, 2011.

Friday Sept 23rd on the Barnsdall Grounds and the Theatre from 6pm to 9:30pm

Opening Ceremonies with performances by Paul Child (the official voice of Welsh Rugby), Michael Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel, Monica Richards/InfraWarrior. Beginning the evening we will have a Druid blessing by Brian y Tarw Llwyd and Garan Gwyn, followed by choral music from the Cor Cymraeg De Califfornia (Welsh Choir of Southern California). Also opening of the Welsh Mythology and Legend Art Show!

Saturday Sept 24th in the Barnsdall Theatre from 3pm to 9pm

Eisteddfod Prize Competitions in Poetry, Voice, Comedy, and Storytelling.

Sunday Sept 25th in the Barnsdall Theatre from 1:30pm to 6:30pm

Film Festival: Film Festival and Lecture screening ‘Otherworld’, ‘Eldra’ and the ‘Quarryman’. Special guest host Aparna Sharma, Assistant Professor of Dept of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA (with expertise on Welsh Cinema), will be introducing each film with a brief commentary on its importance.

Tour the legendary Hollyhock House, designed by Welsh American Frank Lloyd Wright, residence of Aline Barnsdall and built in 1919-1921. Hollyhock House will offer an Open House on Saturday and Sunday, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Docents will be on hand to introduce Hollyhock House to visitors and interpret individual rooms inside the house. Visitors are welcome to enter at any time during our operating hours. Tickets for the house will be on sale at the Municipal Art Gallery, a short distance from the house.

FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS On Saturday Sept 24th and Sunday Sept 25th from 11am to 5pm, Welsh Games, Vendor Marketplace, crafts, and classes, including Language instruction by Jason Shepherd of the Learn Welsh Podcast, Magic Show by Joseph Schneider, Welsh Storytelling by Peter Anthony Freeman, traditional Music by vocal/harpist Nerys Jones and ‘Wake the Bard’, Crwth demonstration, contemporary music by Lyn Mackay and Tom Jones tribute band ‘Sexbomb’. Appearance by the Mari Lwyd, demonstration of Gwyddbwyll. Workshops and lectures by Genealogist Annie Lloyd, Jude Johnson, Joe Praml, John Gower, Llwyn Swynedig, Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, R. Merlin, Jymie Darling, Segni Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Sam Wenger, Los Angeles Rugby Club, and Peter Paddon.

Come and see the traveling exhibit 'Welsh in America': Learn about Welsh-American history with this special exhibit on loan from the Welsh Assembly Government.

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