Romanian Festival at St. Mary's
Don't get us wrong... We love attending all the ethnic festivals in town, but we're making a big promise: You will experience something new when you come to St. Mary's Romanian Festival on August 15-17 in Cleveland's Westpark/Kamms Corners neighborhood.
Try the authentic Romanian cuisine! All cooked fresh. Romanian delicacies include grilled mititei (not burgers, not sausage, just mighty delicious), mamaliga cu branza, which is polenta baked with sour cream and cheese and is the star of the menu, tasty homemade sausage and sauerkraut and, of course, the ever-popular stuffed cabbage. This year's volunteers will be preparing about 4,000, entailing a three-day process.
Try the home-baked pastries. We're willing to bet you will NEVER find a richer, more varied selection at any other festival in Cleveland. All freshly baked by St. Mary's ladies. We cannot forget to mention that the Romanian version of elephant ears is always the biggest hit.
Try the Romanian folk music for listening and dancing. Soulful, romantic, energetic, exhilirating. There will be a live orchestra all weekend long plus high-stepping dancers.
There will be tours of the cathedral and the ethnic museum, which contains priceless artifacts from the Court of Queen Marie of Romania.
Get out to enjoy the festivities at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, 3256 Warren Rd., Cleveland, 1/2 mile south of I-90 at the Warren Road exit or 1 mile north of the I-71 West 150th Street exit. Free admission, free parking. Hours are Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. For further information call 216-941-5550 or go to www.smroc.org
Elizabeth Catana is the media representative for St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral.