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Romanian culture, food on display at St. Mary’s in Colleyville

Andrew Bucur and Larisa Inocan perform traditional Romanian folk dances. They are dancers with the Tricolorii Veseli Juniori group.
Andrew Bucur and Larisa Inocan perform traditional Romanian folk dances. They are dancers with the Tricolorii Veseli Juniori group. Special to the Star-Telegram

A large slice of Romanian culture and lots of fabulous traditional foods were served during the 11th Annual Romanian Food Festival, a three-day event held at Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Colleyville.

Plates were topped with heaping servings of traditional Romanian foods prepared by the church community. Some of the favorites included ciorba, (a sour soup with vegetables and meats); sarmale, (cabbage rolls), mititei, (ground meat rolls); carnati, (skinless sausages made with ground pork, lamb and beef); mamaliga, (a yellow maize porridge) and cozonac, (sweet bread).

The festival had live entertainment with folk dances and bands playing Romanian music, and even a gymnastics exhibition. Children had the chance to enjoy the kids’ activities.

Visitors were able to see the intricate iconography and colorful paintings on the tours of the church during the festival.

St. Mary’s was built in the 1980s, but was replaced by a larger facility in 2004 and is led by Father Gabriel Popa. Popa said the weekend hosted about 4,000 people.

Marty Sabota: 817-390-7367, @martysabota

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