Eat, drink and dance all day!
Festival “Taste of Serbia”, Labor Day weekend
One of the largest ethics festivals in Lake County Illinois!
The Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Basil of Ostrog in Lake Forest-Mettawa is holding the annual “Taste of Serbia” festival on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, as well as on September 1st. The aim of the church is to familiarize the community with Serbian food and Serbian culture. Traditional cuisine, music and drinks are offered. Few know that Serbs settled in Lake County over 100 years ago and are one of the oldest ethnic settlers.
Back by popular demand are popular starters such as slow-roasted organic pork and lamb, which are made over an open grill pit. This tried and tested traditional roasting method ensures a crispy outside and juicy, tender meat inside. In the grill area you will find “Chevapchice” – grilled minced beef and pork sausages, pork and shashlik kabob skewers and pleskavica – a spicy Serbian-style beef and pork patty with peppers and onions. Try the combination platter “Hungry Serb” All three delicious grill specialties.
You will think your ‘baba’ (grandmother) made the traditional stuffed cabbage rolls, ‘palachinka’ (crepes) and a variety of ‘pitas’ (cheese, meat, apple or cherry strudel). Pastries such as krem pita (pure whipped cream and vanilla pudding), baklava and tarts will delight your palate. End it all with a frozen Serbian chocolate coffee. Both American and Serbian beers and wines are available in the beer garden, as well as, of course, “Slivovitz”, their famous Serbian plum brandy. We are proud to serve the award-winning “Opolo” wine from Serbian winemaker Rick Quinn.
Last year they served over 1000 people over 1000 stuffed cabbage rolls, 1000 pounds of meat and 1500 bottles of Serbian beer!
Music and ‘Kolo’ dance are played by “Prazna Flasa Tambura” and “Sumadija” without a break. Visit the church and learn about Orthodox traditions and Serbian culture from Pastor Father Djuro Krosnjar.
There’s fun for all ages including a kiddie area with giant inflatables and games. Visit the bookstore for music, books, jewelry or symbols. Also take a look at the specialist providers.
The opening times are Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 11 pm. Entry and parking are free! The church is located at 27450 North Bradley (Old School Street) in Lake Forest-Mettawa. For more information, please visit www.tasteofserbia.org or call 847-247-0077.