Saturday, May 27, 2017

Local ethnic festival season is in full bloom

June is the season for ethnic festivals in the Capital Region.

I already reported on the PolishFest that will run June 2 through 4 at the Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Church in Colonie. (Details here.)

But, also  up that weekend, but a day shorter, is the annual Armenian Festival at St. Peter Armenian Church in Watervliet set for on June 3 and 4, then the Greek Festival at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in Troy on June 9 through 11.

The Armenian Festival hours are noon to 8 p.m. on June 3, and noon to 5 p.m. on June 4.

Armenian music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, and carnival games for the kids are on the schedule. In addition there will be a variety of authentic Armenian foods, including shish kebab, lahmejune (Armenian pizza), an expanded vegetarian menu, and an assortment of our home-made desserts. You can check out the dinner, dessert and a la carte menus online.

St. Peter Armenian Church is located at 100 Troy Schenectady Road in Watervliet. Phone: (518) 274-3673.

The 23rd annual Greek Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on June 9, noon to 10 p.m. on June 10, and noon to 5 p.m. on June 11/n Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 12-10 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.

It is a celebration of ethnic food, music, dance and culture, with a menu offering such dishes as souvlaki, moussaka, lamb with potatoes and pastichio, spanakopita, mezedes (little tastes) and vegetarian dishes, as well as an array of sundaes and other sweets.

The Youth of St. Basil, known for their appearances at The Festival of Nations, will perform folklore dances from various regions of Greece and live music will be provided by the Prometheus Orch throughout the weekend. A Greek bazaar will feature breads, cookies, crafts, T-shirts, and jewelry. And, for the fiscally adventurous, there will be a $10,000 raffle.

St. Basil is located at  909 River Street at 101st Street. Phone: (518) (518) 273-8923.

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