As you drive along Highway 13, Saskatchewan (Canada), if you do not pay attention, you will easily be able to skip the Forget Town (pronounced “for-jay”). There is only one restaurant, one church, and several abandoned buildings, but what can travelers discover in this small town more than that? Ten years ago, two people named Shannon and Don Shakotko, who lived in the nearby town of Maryfield, read an article for sale at Forget Parish. Funded by music and the desire to build a community around the area, they transformed and turned the abandoned building into a theater for artists and musicians across Saskatchewan.
Not long after, Shannon and Don continued to open The Happy Nun Cafe, which specializes in the preparation of raw materials from neighboring farms. Furthermore, since 2015, chef Katie Vinge-Riddell bought the restaurant and continued to develop it into a thriving business in Forget and in the area. The name of The Happy Nun Cafe shows respect for the legacy and language of France – the first major language of the town of Forget. In addition, there are the paintings of the nuns decorated in the living room and around the common dining area are unique bookshelves. Moreover, guests to The Happy Nun Cafe can also explore the story of the ancient ruins of Forget including the first post office box anywhere in the restaurant.
The first time when bought The Happy Nun Cafe was the hardest time of Vinge-Riddell chef. The restaurant is very deserted because people are unfamiliar with the cuisine of the restaurant. However, Vinge’s dishes appeared on the local television show The Prairie Diner, attracting the attention of many culinary bloggers. Since then, The Happy Nun Cafe gradually conquered the town and became an indispensable destination for tourists to Forget as well as the place to hold birthday parties, celebrations or weddings and be preferred by the locals.
At present, The Happy Nun Cafe serves 60 to 70 people from all over Saskatchewan and the United States. The number of visitors per day is even more than the population living in Forget. The reputation of The Happy Nun Cafe is growing, making Forget a food and music holy place in the area. Furthermore, the town began organizing concerts and festivals last week, attracting many famous artists. Visitors can see the town of Forget on the road as far as 2 km from the main highway. Moreover, surrounding this place is largely the area of farmland with hardwood maple trees and dried birch and far from the horizon are active rigs. In the winter, the thick white snow covering the whole lawn and house makes the scenery become deserted and cold. The town of Forget is named after the provincial Lieutenant Governor. It was founded in 1899 by a group of French priests. In 1905, seven French nuns were invited and they quickly took control of most of the parish’s activities.
Previously, the Canadian Pacific Railway had built a station in the southern region of Forget. Since then, the town has become the most crowded and most populated residential area in the region. At the peak, Forget had three banks, two department stores, a private newspaper office and a modern hotel. Today, the town has only 40 people, mostly farmers, musicians, and singers. They love to Forget because this place is peaceful, simple and without the bustle of modern life. In Forget town, there are no paved roads or good infrastructure. Local people transport and provide water for their own use. If the furniture is damaged, the neighbors will help each other to repair it themselves. Normally, people prefer to exchange necessities with one another rather than having to drive 20 minutes to the nearby town of Stoughton for shopping. At present, the little town of Forget has reappeared on the map. Although it is the only restaurant in the town, The Happy Nun Cafe is a place to bring people together and maybe that is why one can not forget the name Forget.
Forget town will be one of amazing destination for enjoying relaxing time of tourists when visiting Canada. Besides wonderful and delicious dishes, tourists will join interesting activities in there as well.