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Food and Football Go Hand in Hand at the Slavic American Festival

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the festivals have to end.  In fact, one of the best cultural festivals in all of Northern Virginia occurs this weekend.

The 37th annual Slavic American Festival at Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Annandale always takes place the weekend after Labor Day, and this year is no different.  This event has grown tremendously in the past 15 years from a small, close-knit community gathering to a huge, can’t-miss Fairfax staple.

And with the quality of the food at the festival, how could you afford to miss it?  All the favorites will be there:  pierogi, kielbasa, potato pancakes and more.  All homemade, and definitely some of the best food you’ll eat all year.  Seriously.

The festival is on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 12-6:30 p.m.  Don’t worry, there will be plenty of TVs to watch the game while you enjoy the food.  I recommend getting there at 12 sharp anyway.  If this is the first time you’re hearing of the Slavic American festival, don’t underestimate its popularity.  This event is huge, and the church has occasionally run out of food in the last hour.



Food is the main attraction, but there are plenty of other things to occupy your time, including several cultural attractions.  A Slavic arts and crafts sale, featuring religious and folk art, is particularly popular.  And games for the kids abound to ensure they don’t lack their share of fun.

Don’t miss this delicious way to kick off the new football season.

–Matt Basheda   

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