By Mary Lou Egan
Celebrations, concerts, and street fairs have returned in earnest in 2022 with many choices in Denver neighborhoods, but there is nothing like the special flavor of the ethnic festivals in Globeville.
First up is St. Joseph’s Polish Roman Catholic Church Food Festival from 12-9 p.m. Aug. 28 and 12-5 p.m. Aug. 29. St. Joseph’s celebrates all things Polish, including craft brews, Polish sausage, potato pancakes, cabbage rolls, pierogi, kraut, and Polish pastries. Swojskie Dziolchy will entertain you with folk songs, and the Krakowiacy Polish Dancers will demonstrate their Polish traditions. The Amber Band and DJs M&M will provide dance music.
Next up is the granddaddy of church festivals: the Orthodox Food Festival and Old Globeville Days on Sept. 10, held at Holy Transfiguration of Christ Orthodox Cathedral at 349 E. 47th Ave. There will be an extravaganza of food, drinks, and desserts from Greece, Romania, Russia, Eritrea, Mexico, Serbia, Italy, and Ukraine. You’ll find robust craft beers and the potent Slovenian plum brandy, Slivovitz. Crafts, art, iconography, books, and games for the children will be available to keep all ages entertained.
If you haven’t been inside Holy Transfiguration of Christ’s glorious cathedral, you’ll want to sign up for a tour of this 1898 gem. Its history and icons are stunning. Holy Rosary Parish will also host its bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10. There will be stellar tacos, hot dogs, hamburgers, flautas, enchiladas, churros, sodas, ice cream, snacks, and desserts. There will also be games for the kids, entertainment, musical performances, raffles and prizes.
Father Frank Garcia will conduct tours of historic Holy Rosary Church in both English and in Spanish. Check the website and Facebook page for tour schedules. Holy Rosary can be found at 4688 Pearl St.