Slavic delicacies, Balkan arts and crafts and polka dancing under the stars all add up to Utah-Slavia '91, the ninth annual Slavic festival.
It will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, at the historic Old Mill, 6900 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, just off the 6200 South exit (Exit 6) on I-215. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $3 adults, $2 chidren and senior citizens.Such treats as klabasa or kolbase (sausage in a bun), barbecued lamb and pork and pirogi (stuffed dumplings), as well as pastries and Turkish coffee, will be offered at the many food booths.
Entertainment by the festival's sponsor, the Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble, will include folk dances of Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. Guest artists include the Narodna International Dancers, the Rocky Mountain Polka Express, accordionist Rich Roginsky, and Veseli Seljaci, guest artists from the Bay area.
Utah-Slavia celebrates the heritage of Utah residents whose ancestry originates in the Slavic countries of Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland and the Soviet Union. The early immigrants came to work as miners in Carbon County and along the Wasatch Front. More recently, emigres from Poland, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union have added their rich and diverse cultural heritage to the Utah community.