Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Orthodox Food Festival & Globeville Days

From its beginning, Globeville has been known for its ethnic diversity, with people from Eastern Europe and Russia settling the area in the 1880s for jobs in the smelters and meat packing plants. The neighborhood continues to embrace and celebrate diverse cultures during its annual Orthodox Food Festival and
Old Globeville Days, held Saturday
and Sunday July 18 and 19, 2009.
Visitors could find homemade food
and crafts from Eritrea, Greece,
Italy, Mexico, Romania, Russia
and Serbia. There were local
beverages, Coors, Bud and Miller
beers, as well as the Czech
Pilsner Irquel and the Slovenian
brandy Slivovitz.
The entertainment was a varied
with 10 different acts taking
the stage over the two-day
festival. Some highlights included
Mark Brissenden playing the
Gaida, a Bulgarian bagpipe,
Planina singing songs of
Eastern Europe and Willie &
the Po' Boys with Southern rock.
There were games and activities
for the children and tours of
the beautiful Orthodox Cathedral.
Mark the third weekend in July
for next year's event.

Top photo, lamb roasting
on a spit provides a delicious aroma.
Middle photo, Fotia from
Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver.
Bottom photo, food vendors
offer a multitude of choices.