*I’ll keep this one short and sweet, seeing that a lot of other bloggers have already written about the Hamra Street Festival..
On Saturday I made my way back to the festival at around 5:00pm, eager to see what vendors would be there. I mistakenly assumed that the Festival was only going to be a showcase of local bands, and that the vendors would be few in number..when in fact, it was quite the opposite! The streets were lined with vendors as far as the eye could see..
Needless to say, I must have walked up and down Hamra street five times..determined to find gifts for my friends and family back home (and maybe one or two things for myself!) Yesssssssssss, I’m one of those shoppers who has to see EVERYTHING before I make a purchase..you know, in case I see something better and I’ve already spent all of my money on something else! There is no returning items at festivals, now is there. 😉
My friends quickly tired of following me around and broke away to do their own thing – eat. “Who has time to EAT?!? I have shopping to do! “ I thought to myself. “It’s ok, it’s all good,,I like shopping alone anyway..” and with that, I went right back to it. And I’m glad I did. I found everything I was looking for. Gifts for Mom, Dad, the brother and sister (she was the hardest!), the grandparents, the best friends, and a little something for myself..it was GREAT!
Below are some photos from Saturday:
I was with a couple from Canada, who had never had Malak al Towouk before..I suggested they tried it. They were hooked with their first bite!
In addition to food vendors like the above, you also had your more traditional food vendors selling roasted corn, and this bean concoction..(I’m not exactly sure what it’s called..)
There were a lot of things that I wanted to buy and take home to my family..paintings, furniture, giant photographs on canvas..but I knew they would be impossible to transport..
There was a lot of hype around the “Tree Shirts” stand, as well as “Cocoa” sweets stand..two of the more popular vendors during the festival..
Watching these men walk by, with a swarm of balloons overhead, put a smile to my face..
But as we all know, going to festival isn’t only about shopping, listening to music, or eating..but about people watching too! These men had the best seats in the house, or in this case,,the festival.
I hope to see you next year Hamra Street Festival!