April Fools Odesa-style

16 April 2018

In its 45th year, Ukraine’s ultimate April Fools event – Yumorina gathered more than 100 000 people on the streets of Odesa on 1 April in a parade to outdo all previous years’ events! In a nod to The Three Musketeers, the theme for this year’s event – Odesa for all and all for Odesa – paid homage to the multinational hospitality of the city, boasting as it does more than 130 nationalities. The day climaxed with shows on the mainstage featuring League of Laughter and Kvartal 95 among others, with headliners Alekseev and Verka Serduchka stealing the show! With more fabulous events planned in this fabulous seaside city, like Children’s Day on 1 June and Day of Odesa on 2 September – just to name a few! – make sure you get it on your list of places to visit this summer!

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Those hard-working folks at the Kyiv Lions Club have been at it again, hosting another fund raising event to bring in money to fund their important work. This latest event was held on 21 April in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel. The event was a celebration of Ukraine, and so “Kozak Charity Ball” was the name of the evening, with tables each designated names of oblasts around Ukraine, and a Ukrainian fashion show as one of the features of the evening. Most importantly though, $18,000 was raised to help fund the work of the KLC.

A first look, Kyiv’s coolest new Vietnamese restaurant – NĂM is a feast for the senses. The Big Meet did just that – meet big, last month on 13 April, where they were treated to all good things by celebrated chef Hector Jimenez-Bravo. You want in on the next big event? Check out their FB page BigMeetUkraine.

On 25 April, Turkish Airlines celebrated their 25th anniversary linking Ukraine to the world via Turkey. To mark the occasion, the airline hosted 300 guests at the Parkovy Complex overlooking the Dnipro River. Guests were treated to delicious Turkish treats and a sumptuous dinner, while being entertained by singer Zlata Ognevich. The event was attended by many of the airline’s top customers, as well as representatives of the business and diplomatic communities in Ukraine, with the airline announcing a special 25% discount on tickets to 25 of their top destinations!

Britain isn’t known internationally as a place of culinary legend, but Terry Pickard likes to challenge perceptions. This meeting of his TUCC at Va Bene restaurant on 18 April aimed to provide connoisseurs with proof positive that gourmet food can be based in British staples. A stilton soup was served, accompanied by an explanation of the history of this English cheese. The star dish at the centre of the meal was planned to be fish and chips with mushy peas. However, chef decided to think of our beach bodies and served the (excellent!) fish with a salad instead. British cuisine reinvented!