Preparations In Full Swing For St. Mary Romanian Festival
The kitchen at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral is a busy place these days as the ladies are preparing foods for the 11th annual Romanian Festival to be held at St. Mary's August 19-21. The cathedral, located at 3256 Warren Road, is a landmark in the Kamms Corners/Westpark neighborhood, a place where everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the special nature of Romanian foods and culture, bringing together both Eastern and Western European elements and resulting in a wonderful medley of experiences.
There will be abundant supplies of mititei (Romanian mighty burgers), sarmale (stuffed cabbage), chicken paprikash, mamaliga, which is polenta baked with sour cream and cheese, homemade sausage and sauerkraut, as well as the best-stocked pastry shop you've ever enjoyed. The pastries and our now-famous elephant ears are all homemade by St. Mary's devoted ladies. Romanian and other European wines and beers may be enjoyed in the outdoor wine garden as well as indoors or outdoors under the big tent.
Music, all live, all weekend, will be offered by an authentic Romanian orchestra, and folk dancers ranging from professional to the cathedral's young contingent of dancers will offer exhilarating dances from different regions of Romania. Sunday afternoon will include the Parade of Romanian Costumes, presenting traditional outfits from all over Romania.
Cathedral tours and tours of the unique ethnic museum onsite will be very informative. Children's activities and games will be held in a specially designated area.
St. Mary's parish, founded in 1904, is the oldest Romanian Orthodox parish in the country, and the cathedral itself is listed among the sacred landmarks of Cleveland.
Festival hours are Friday, August 19, from 4:30-11 pm, Saturday, August 20, from 2-11 pm, and Sunday, August 21, from noon-10 pm. Entrance and parking are free. For more details visit www.smroc.org or call the cathedral office at 216-941-5550.
I'm the media representative for St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, 3256 Warren Road, Cleveland, and publicity chairman for the upcoming Romanian Festival.