Having started as a one day picnic in 2005 organized by the Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church family, the Romanian community of the metropolitan Washington, DC area can now boast of having the largest festival in the area dedicated to Romanian food, music and culture. This past weekend, the Romanian Food Festival celebrated seven years of promoting all that is great about Romanian culture and those who bring it to life in the DMV for people of all backgrounds to learn about and enjoy.
Weeks of preparation go into making each festival a success. With the dedication of ladies from the Romanian community, authentic Romanian food using recipes passed down from generation to generation is prepared for the event which now, for the first time, runs for 3 days. The festival was held at the Saint Andrew Romanian Orthodox Churchin Potomac, MD.
Featured foods were Stuffed cabbage rolls, stuffed grape leaf rolls, stuffed vegetarian rolls, mititei, pastrami, sausages, soups, delicious home made deserts, Romanian wine, Timisoreana and Ciuc beer and more.
In addition to the food, the festival included live music and folk dance performances, raffle drawings, a marketplace featuring Romanian books and jewelry and various activities for children to expose them to Romanian history, folk clothing, pottery and icons.