Nov. 11 & 12 Old Country Christmas Ethnic Festival in Ft. Worth, TX

October 24, 2011  []

St. Barbara Orthodox Church is pleased to announce its 25th annual “Old Country Christmas Ethnic Festival” on Friday, November 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November, 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This annual event features pastries, baked goods, and other delicacies made from authentic ethnic recipes from the “Old Country” – Eastern Europe. The recipes have been handed down for generations and are made by parishioners and friends of St. Barbara Orthodox Church. The international assortment of pastries and delicacies represents a melting pot of nationalities which are reflective of the Slavic heritage of the parish and especially the multi-cultural makeup of its members; Russian, Ukrainian, Carpatho-Russian, Romanian, Greek, Czech, and Serbian recipes are used.

Peroghi, the delicious potato and cheese filled dough triangles are a highly requested food item. The men and women work diligently to create thousands of these delicate ethnic dumplings which are a staple on many Slavic tables. This year will also feature the widely popular frozen ethnic dinners sold as take-out items including Halupki (cabbage rolls), Halushki – onions, cabbage and noodles, and our new edition: Russian beef stroganoff and buttered noodles.

There will also be Czech Kolache in assorted flavors as well as Russian Orochovie (a nut bar cookie with raspberry filling), Greek baklava, and Greek sweet bread. Slavic nut, apricot, cheese, cherry-cheese, and poppy seed rolls (a yeast bread with the various fillings and another favorite of our customers) will be featured. Black Russian coffee liquor cakes, pumpkin cream cheese log rolls, Greek sesame seed cookies, Russian spiced tea, Ukrainian sour cream cakes, pecan pies, Russian Apple Pies, and much, much more will be available at the festival.

Our parish cookbook, “Generations – Recipes and Traditions from St. Barbara Orthodox Church” features over 500 recipes from parishioners and friends of the parish reflecting and celebrating their diverse ethnic backgrounds and traditions. Personal anecdotes and reflections accompany many of the recipes. The cookbook has a comb binding, laminated cover and beautiful illustrations. Explanations of the Orthodox customs of Pascha (Easter), Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs), and Christmas Eve Holy Supper offer insight into these beautiful traditions. The cookbook makes a wonderful and unique gift anytime during the year, especially during the holiday season.

In addition, this year the festival also features a wonderful and unusual assortment of ethnic crafts such as beaded Ukrainian Christmas Eggs, Russian Matroshka (Nesting) Dolls imported from Belo-Rus, Russia and the Ukraine as well as hand-carved and ornately painted Father Frost Santas and Russian wooden character figures and other Eastern European gift items which may be purchased. A well-stocked Orthodox Christian Bookstore featuring liturgical cassettes, crosses, icons, Orthodox books and other items will be available.

St. Barbara Orthodox Church is located at 5201 Alta Mesa Blvd. in southwest Ft. Worth.  If you would like more information please call the Church at 817-294-0325.  See also the Church’s website:   Make plans now to attend this wonderful event!
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