Slavic delicacies, ethnic arts and crafts and the largest polka party along the Wasatch Front will be highlights of Utah-Slavia '90, the eighth annual Slavic festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, at the historic Old Mill, 6900 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (just off Exit 6 of I-215).
Entertainment by the festival's annual sponsor, the Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble, will include folk dances of Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. Guest artists will be the Narodna International Dancers, the Rocky Mountain Polka Express, accordionist Rich Roginski, and the Oakland tamburitza band, Veseli Seljaci.Tempting Slavic foods such as sarma (stuffed cabbage), klabasa or kolbase (sausage on a bun), barbecued lamb and pork, pirogi (stuffed dumplings), pastries and Turkish coffee will fill the food booths. Arts and crafts of Eastern Europe will also be available for purchase.
The festival celebrates the heritage of Utah residents of Slavic descent - from Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland and the Soviet Union.
Doors will open Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Admission is $3, $1.50 children and senior citizens.