You don’t have to travel a great distance to get a taste of authentic Russian culture.
Every year, a small church on the north side of Goshen makes sure to share with the community a glimpse of the country’s traditions.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12
Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church, 61355 C.R. 21, Goshen
Free to park and enter, donations welcome.
The Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church is hosting its 10th Russian Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12.
The festival, a fundraiser organized by the church, draws hundreds of guests each year.
At the heart of the event is a variety of homemade, authentic Russian food and desserts.
The menu this year includes a meal of shashlik (grilled pork or chicken) or pelmini (handmade dumplings) with a bowl of borsht. Blini, which are Russian pancakes, will be available and guests also have the option of making their own, according to the news release.
Russian tea brewed in an authentic samovar and baked goods will also be available.
Salads and soups are $4 and entrees, including shashlik, Russian chicken and pelmini, are $8. You can get two blinis for $4. Beverages, including Russian tea, American coffee, soda and bottle water, will cost $2.
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As in past years, authentic Russian souvenirs, art, crafts — including the popular nesting wooden dolls known as matrioshki — will be featured in the festival. New traditional Russian and Ukranian clothing will be shown at the festival, as well.
Dances and songs will be performed in traditional costumes. Singers will perform traditional Russian and Ukrainian folk songs and dancers will perform traditional and gypsy dances.
Guests can also take a tour of the church building at noon and at 2 p.m.
Parking and entrance to the festival is free, though donations are welcome.
For more information about the event, call 574-807-1508 or check the website at www.orthodoxgoshen.org.