Escondido, CA

Annual Serb Fest this weekend

Learn about Serbian culture through its food, music and religion at the 6th annual Serb Fest at St. Petka’s Serbian Orthodox Church Saturday and Sunday afternoons, which will include several tours of the beautiful church interior.

About 2,500 visitors are expected to attend the popular event .

Cost for adults is $3, with children, active military and first responders attending free. The times are Saturday, noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, noon–8 p.m.

The theme of Serb Fest is “Discover Serbia” through food and culture, including drinks and vendor booths, which will offer books, religious items and Serbian toys. There will also be booths of local businesses. The exhibit “Discover Serbia” will be in the main hall.

There will be performances by the Dunau Serbian dance group from Orange County, the Avala Folklore Ensemble of San Marcos and the Morava Serbian dance group of San Diego. The children of St. Petka’s will perform folkloric dance on both days.

Special this year: the Kosovo Men’s Choir from Ohio will perform both days and will sing the liturgy during the Sunday service.

The Puerto Rican musician Samira Parilla, will be a special guest of the festival and will sing several Serbian songs.

Serbian cuisine is savory and delicious with the main meat ingredient being lamb and beef. One such item is cevap, a grilled dish of minced meat, a type of skinless sausage, found traditionally in the countries of southeastern Europe (the Balkans).

Beside the popular Serbian cevap plate, there will also be chicken skewers, Serbian Grilled Sausage, Sarma (stuffed cabbage), Burek (made from layers of dough, alternating with layers of other fillings in a circular pan filled with cheese) and pork and lamb off the spit.

Desserts include Baklava, Tulumba (about 3 centimeters long) given a small ovoid shape with ridges along it using an “icing” bag with a special nozzle. It is first deep-fried to golden color and then sugar-sweet syrup is poured over it when still hot. It is eaten cold.  Other desserts are Krempita (custard creme cake) and Palacinke (crepes.)

Drinks will include imported Lav (Lion) beer, Arika plum wine and Serbian coffee.

Christiansen Amusements will provide carnival rides.

The church is located at 1854 Knob Hill Rd. San Marcos.

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