Good Food, Good Time Awaits All at Romanian Food Festival This Weekend

[portfolio_slideshow size=medium]The 5th Edition of the Romanian Food Festival is now underway at St. Andrew’s Romanian Orthodox Church located at 9111 River Road in Potomac, Md. All proceeds go to the building fund for a new church located at the same location.

The festival is the result of a lot of hard word by ladies from the Romanian community who tirelessly prepare authentic Romanian food using recipes passed down through the ages from one generation to the next. With plenty of food, drinks, Romanian music and dancing as well as activities for children, the festival presents a great opportunity for all to experience the best of Romanian culture right here in the environs of Washington, DC.

“This is a fun event. Great food,” stated Dr. Esther Ososanya, a native of Nigeria who is currently a professor at the University of the District of Columbia. “I’m familiar with this church festival because in Nigeria we have similar things, church bazaars where we all socialize, get together just like this. The festival is just like this in Nigeria. It reminds me of back home. Everyone should come. The food is delicious. It’s a great event. I love it, love it.”

This weekend’s schedule: Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22 from 11 am – 7 pm.

Menu: Stuffed cabbage rolls, stuffed grape leaf rolls, stuffed vegetarian rolls, mititei (traditional skinless sausages) , sheep pastrami, sausages, soups, delicious homemade desserts, Romanian wine and beer. SPECIAL: Whole piglet / lamb on a spit (whole piglets and lambs spit roasting live during the festival!)

Live Folk Music Performances: Mariana Iatagan will take the public through a virtual tour of Romanian folklore performing songs from all the major regions of the country; the local group “Moroşenii from Washington” will be accompanying her and perform some original songs as well. The “Carpathia” Folk Dance Ensemble has prepared a new series of dances to be presented at the festival along with their rich repertoire of Romanian and Eastern Europe folk dances. Those present will also be able to learn a few dance steps with the professionals from “Carpathia.”

Romanian Culture Exhibit: Orthodox arrays, icons, old manuscripts, folk outfits and ceramics exhibit outside and inside the Saint Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church.

Kids’ Activities: Moonbounce, petting zoo and popcorn. Autograph basketballs by our Romanian superstar Gerge Muresan, former Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards) player, the tallest NBA player at some point and main actor in the movie “My Giant” (costarring with Billy Crystal)

Entrance: Adults $5, Kids $3. One-time fee all weekend. For additional info please visit: www.romanianfoodfestival.com

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