GOSHEN — The Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church will host the eight annual Russian festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the church hall at the church.
The festival features Russian food, folk music and dancers. Featured food at the festival is beef stroganoff, marinated chicken, shashlik, pelmeni, a bowl of borsht and cucumber and potato salad. There will also be homemade baked goods as well as fresh blini. New to the festival this year will be Russian tea brewed in a samovar, according to a press release from the church.
There will also be authentic Russian crafts and souvenirs available for purchase including music CD's, lacquer boxes and nesting wooden dolls—matroshki.
Dancers and singers will perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and will include folk dancing, the traditional waltz and gypsy dancing, according to the release. Traditional costumes will be worn by the dancers.
The release also states that tours of the church will be given at noon and 2 p.m. and will include a brief talk on Orthodoxy as well as a question and answer session.
Admission to the festival is free but a $2 donation is suggested for parking.
For information call 807-1508 or visit www.orthodoxgoshen.org. The church is at 61355 C.R. 21, Goshen.