Taste of Serbia Food & Music Festival, Aug. 31 - Sep. 1

  • Spit roasted lamb and pork are festival favorites. Sofia Obradovich

    Spit roasted lamb and pork are festival favorites. Sofia Obradovich

Sofia Obradovich
Updated 7/11/2019 11:30 AM

Eat, drink, and dance the day away!

"Taste of Serbia" Festival, Labor Day weekend


One of Lake County Illinois' largest ethic festivals!

St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church in Lake Forest-Mettawa will host its annual "Taste of Serbia" Festival, Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday and Sept. 1. The church's goal is to introduce the community to Serbian food and culture. Traditional cuisine, music, and beverages will be featured. Few are aware that Serbians settled in Lake County over 100 years ago and are one of the oldest ethnic settlers.

Back by popular demand are favorite entrées, such as slowly roasted organic pork and lamb made over an open BBQ pit. This time tested traditional method of roasting ensures a crispy outside, and juicy, tender meat inside. The grill area features 'chevapchice"- char grilled ground beef and pork sausages, pork shish kabob skewers, and pleskavica -- a Serbian style spicy beef and pork patty with peppers and onions. Try the 'Hungry Serb' combination plate for a taste of all three tasty grilled specialties.

You'll think your 'Baba' (grandmother) made the traditional stuffed cabbage rolls, 'palachinka' (crepes), and a variety of 'pitas' (cheese, meat, apple or cherry strudel). Pastries like krem pita (pure whipped cream and vanilla custard), baklava, and tortes will delight your taste buds. Finish it all up with an iced Serbian chocolate coffee. The beer garden will feature both American and Serbian beers and wines, and of course, 'Slivovitz', their well known Serbian plum brandy. We proudly serve award winning "Opolo" wine from Serbian vintner, Rick Quinn.

Last year they served over 1000-stuffed cabbage rolls, 1000 pounds of meat, and 1500 bottles of Serbian beer to over 5000 people!

Music and 'kolo' dancing will be non-stop from "Prazna Flasa Tambura", and "Sumadija". Visit the church and learn about orthodox traditions and Serbian culture from Parish Priest, Father Djuro Krosnjar.

There is fun for all ages, including a Kiddie area with giant inflatables and games. Stop by the bookstore for music, books, jewelry, or icons. Check out the specialty vendors also.

Hours are Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon to 11pm. Admission and parking are free! The church is at located at 27450 North Bradley (old School Road) in Lake Forest-Mettawa. To learn more, visit their website www.tasteofserbia.org or call 847-247-0077.

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