Newfoundlanders are famous for their warmth and hospitality. A large part of the charm of rural Newfoundland is the community that it inspires. With local men and women coming together to care for one another, and support each other in both good times and bad.
Since starting the hostel in 2011 we have been witness to many acts of kindness and warmth in our small community. Whether is was making a bit extra for supper so a plate can be taken to Joe’s Gran who lives alone, or getting a call from a friend to check in because they haven’t seen you in a few days. Or perhaps it’s simply throwing a spontaneous kitchen party to celebrate a success or mourn the loss of a loved one.
Newfoundland is an island of small communities that depend on the support of their neighbours to thrive, and kitchen parties play a large role in this support network. Kitchen parties are, often spontaneous, social gatherings that involve the congregation of friends and family in one’s home. Like all good parties they center in the kitchen where there is easy access to good food, cold beer, and hot tea. These events provide an opportunity to chat, catch up, and relax, and share some good music.
A key element of a Newfoundland kitchen party is the music. Almost every home in Newfoundland has an instrument or two kicking around, and if not, you can be fairly confident a guest will have brought their violin, guitar, accordion, or ugly stick with them should the festivities kick off.
In the summertime, kitchen parties may also take the form of organised events, in community halls. People can gather to listen to a range of local musicians sharing new tunes, and enjoying some classics. There is always food provided in the shape of home-baked goods, and delicious sandwiches, and always a pot of fresh tea.
For many, these organised events will fill the summer calendar, with a range of kitchen parties being held weekly throughout the bay, and musicians coming from far and wide to participate.
So this summer, whether you’re feeling blue and needing cheered up, or joyous with cause to celebrate, join us for a traditional Newfoundland kitchen party.
Bring your drums, your guitars, your flutes, and your ugly sticks, your sense of a good time, and a true community spirit, and we’re sure you’ll have a great time!