Romanian Culture a Delight for Everyone at Food Festival


One doesn't have to travel far when living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area to enjoy the culture and traditions of one of many diverse ethnic communities that make this area a great place to live. Such was the case this weekend in Potomac, MD at the Saint Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church as they hosted their third semi-annual Romanian Food Festival

The festival serves two purposes according to Dima Samata, who is President of the Parish Council and a member of the organizing committee. One is to raise money for a new church to be erected at the site of the festival and, secondly, to share the rich cultural heritage of Romania with others. 

"We're so proud for this festival," stated Samata. "The festival is mainly for the Americans and to show the Americans the Romanian culture. The Romanian food, the dances, the music and the great people are all here. So we're very happy with the attendance today. The weather looks great today and the people are enjoying. We're just letting everyone know we're here in the community."

There was also an exhibition within the current church of many icons, bibles and other items to share with visitors some of the traditions of the Orthodox religion. The weekend long festival included several traditional Romanian dance and music performances (including the Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble), a varied array of menu items and a petting zoo and other activities for children.

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