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Great Food
Taste the flavors of some of the favorite Romanian foods! Choose from "ciorba", "sarmale", "mititei", "carnati", "mamaliga", "cozonac" and more of our traditional specialties. Try your favorite or something new and dine in our special areas. You can find our complete menu in the Program section and more about Romanian Cuisine further in this section. We wish you "Pofta Buna!" (Enjoy your meal!)
Live Entertainment
Romanian Traditional Folk Dances with Tricolorii Juniori and children group Alunelu, Romanian Music with Universo Band , Entertainment and Dance with DJ Razvan, and Gymnastics will be performed live on stage for you visual delight.
Kids' Corner
The Kids' Corner will provide the little ones with a warm and playful environment to spend their extra energy! We have Face Painting,Popcorn, Airbrush painting, and other activities for their enjoyment.
Take a moment to visit our true "home", inside the Church (Biserica). Let the icons, hymns and fragrance of incense move you to heaven, and learn about the rich and ancient Orthodox Christian traditions of Romania, which we continue to preserve, share and live today. Admire new icon paintings that will bring you close to the sacred beauty and miracles of Christianity. A guided tour will be offered at various times through the day, so we hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Inside our Social Hall, enjoy the Icons and tapestry Exhibition that shows the amazing art of our people. One can also learn about the rich and unique culture of the Romanian people through a Romanian documentary and a slide-show. Admire the Romanian traditional costumes and artifacts both on stage and at the Arts & Crafts Store. Check the History section to find out more about Romania.

Pictures from Previous Editions

Admission
The general admission fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance.
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Our church is part of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (ROEA), an archdiocese of more then 100 Romanian communities across the US and Canada. The diocese is led by His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel Pop, with the assistance of His Grace Bishop Irineu Duvlea.
The Romanian people share an ancient and wonderful culture blended with our Orthodox Faith (as St. Andrew, the Apostle first Christianized our native lands during the time of Christ) and express through our food, dance, costumes, traditions and within the vibrant spirit of our people.
In almost 2000 years of existence, the Romanians have gone through troubled times, but also through glorious periods of flourishing religious and cultural expression. After the fall of the communist regime in Romania (December 1989), we continue to pray to the Lord for peaceful times and abundance of the fruits of the earth.
The roots of our north Texas Romanian orthodox community go back 36 years ago (1981) when the first divine liturgy was serviced by Father George Preda and were hosted in Professor Corduneanu's house. In the early 1980's the faithful built in Colleyville the old Saint Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church, on the same premises where, in 2004, the new, larger church building was erected, under the guidance of the Very Rev. Fr. Dumitru Paun, in an answer to the growing needs of our community, whose members' roster increased in part due to the new immigrants from Romania, and in part due to the growing number of children born in the last few years in our parish.
  Since September 2009, our Church welcomed V. Rev. Fr. Gabriel Liviu Popa as our new Parish Priest and spiritual leader.
The Romanian Food Festival was started in 2006, and now attracts close to 4000 visitors from the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, and even beyond it, from other cities in Texas and other states, and even from Romania and Canada.
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"POFTA BUNA" – Enjoy your meal!
Taste the flavors of some of the favorite Romanian foods! Choose from "sarmale", "mititei", "carnati", "mamaliga" and more of our traditional specialties. Try your favorite or something new and dine in our special areas. Of course, we wish you "Pofta Buna" (Enjoy your meal!).
A blend of influences with an original result
Romanian food bears the same influences as the rest of Romanian culture: ancient Dacians left us with their love of wine, cheese and honey; from the Romans we got an assortment of pastries and pies called placinte; the Turks have brought kofta (chiftea) – the Romanian hamburger , ciorba – sour soup, and a variety of sweets; from the Greeks there is mousaka; from the Bulgarians, a wide variety of vegetable dishes like zacusca; from the Austrians - the schnitzel (snitel) and the strudel. Romanians adapted these dishes to their own taste and gave them different flavors and character over time.
One of the most common dishes is polenta (mamaliga), a cornmeal mush, for a long time considered to be the poor men’s food (He doesn’t even have polenta on the table - N-are nici o mamaligă pe masă), but which has became very appreciated as a side to other dishes or as a stand alone dish when combined with cheese and sour cream. Pork is the main meat used in Romanian cuisine (The best fish will always be the pork - Pestele cel mai bun, tot porcul ramane), but a good chicken, lamb or fish dish is never to be refused!
At special events, special foods are prepared. During Christmas, in every household are traditionally prepared a wide variety of dishes based on pork meat: sausages, liver sausages, (carnaţi, caltabosi), piftie- a gelly dish made with meat, tochitura (a kind of stew), served along with mamaliga and wine (so that the pork can swim). The traditional cozonac (sweet bread with nuts or lokum - rahat in Romanian) is freshly made in every home. At Easter, reminiscent of the Jewish tradition, lamb is the only meat served and some of the main dishes are lamb ciorba (soup), roast lamb and drob - a special dish made out of lamb meat, mixed with eggs and green onions). The main desserts served at Easter are pasca (a flavorful cream cheese pie), and cozonac.
Wine is the main drink and has a tradition of over two millennia. Romania is currently the world's 9'th wine producer, and recently the exports have started to grow. A wide variety of domestic (Feteasca, Grasă, Tamaioasa) and worldwide (Italian Riesling, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel) varieties are produced. Romania is also the world’s 2nd plum producer and almost the entire plum production becomes the famous ţuica (a one-time refined plum brandy) or palinca (2 or more times refined plum brandy). Beer is also highly appreciated - generally blonde pilsener beer, with German influences.
Food – a dimension of Romanian culture
Romanians like to eat, and they eat a lot, and with a great diversity. Any Romanian, no matter how poor, will go above and beyond so that their guests will have plenty to eat and enjoy. In towns and in the countryside food is central whether one attends a wedding, baptism, birthday, funeral or any other holiday. In a custom remaining from the ancient Greeks people periodically remember and honor their dead loved ones by giving food to the poor (pomana or parastas).
A tailored Romanian saying will ask you: Are we eating to live, or are we living to eat? Another great number of proverbs and sayings have been spurred by food or the activity of eating: from the innocent child's thank you:
Thank you for the food Sarut-mana pentru masa
it was tasty and good C-a fost buna si gustoasa
and the cook looked just as good! Si bucatareasa frumoasa!
to the more philosophical:
Thank you Lord, Mulţumescu-ţi ţie Doamne
for I have eaten but I am hungry again c-am mâncat şi iar mi-e foame
to the more humorous: People are angrier when they’re hungry (Cand ii e foame, romanul e irascibil), or Love comes from the heart, but passes through the stomach (Dragostea trece prin stomac).
If you find that you are not really hungry, any Romanian will simply tell you: “You’ll get your appetite while eating!” (Pofta vine mâncănd ).
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