Who wants to stuff their face with nut rolls or pirohi (pierogi)?
Then take a short walk to the 13th Annual Slavic Festival on Sunday, Sept. 18, at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.
Located at 3415 Wallace St. on the corner of East 34th Street, where the Mercyhurst University Physician’s Assistant program is housed, SS. Peter and Paul’s Slavic Festival will entertain guests with ethnic foods hailing from Eastern Europe, including halupki (stuffed cabbage), haluski (cabbage dumplings), a variety of nut rolls, ethnic drinks and much more from the region of Ruthenia.
This region is described by Father John Mihalco as the region where the borders of Ukraine, Hungary and the Czech Republic meet.
The festival will have regional music, including the Marvels Polka Band, the Polka Relations Band and the Living Traditions Folk Dance Ensemble.
For anyone interested in prizes, several raffles will be held for gift baskets containing Slavic goods, and a $500 cash giveaway will be offered for guests.
The festival will be kicked off at 11 a.m. with a Divine Liturgy (the Eastern Rite analogue of the Mass).
Patrons are also welcome to visit the Carpatho-Rusyn Society exhibit to learn more about the group of people being celebrated.
The festival will take place from noon to 7 p.m. and parking and admission are free.
There will be indoor and outdoor seating, and this event will take place rain or shine.
Tickets can be purchased to be exchanged for raffle entries, food and drinks.
You can get a free ticket for bringing a non perishable food item to be donated to the Emmaus Ministries which receives a portion of proceeds.
For any student interested in the festivities, it is only a short walk from campus.
The golden domes of the church can be seen from the top floors of Old Main and Egan Hall. Dúfame, že sa na vás!