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Published: Friday, 8/15/2003

A plate full of festivals


Gather your tastebuds and bring your appetite to enjoy the 29th annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival from noon to 9 p.m. on Consaul Street in East Toledo.

The family event features Hungarian and ethnic foods, arts and crafts exhibits, cultural displays, and a variety of music, dance, and continuous entertainment.

Opening ceremonies begin at noon on the steps of St. Stephen's Church, followed by a parade through the neighborhood led by the Central Catholic High School marching band.

Calvin United Church of Christ, the Hungarian Club, and St. Stephen's will feature chicken paprikas and kolbasz dinners as well as Hungarian pastries, noodles and gravy, kolbasz sandwiches, stuffed cabbages, and szallona suites.

The Marine Corp League will sell Mexican foods along with hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, and corn-on-the-cob. VFW Post 4906 is serving shish kabob, pigs-in-the-blanket, sausage dogs, and szallona sutes.

This year's event is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Calvin United Church of Christ. Calvin Church's Centennial Cookbook with 300 recipes including historic Hungarian recipes and contemporary American recipes will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. Parking is available in the Ohio Department of Transportation field office, behind the fire station at Consaul and Front streets, on the Sunoco field at Consaul and Front, and in the neighborhood.

Pre-festival events include a fish fry at VFW Post 4906 from 5 to 9 tonight. The 8th Annual Waiter's Race will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow. A celebration of Hungarian Folk Dance and music will follow at 8 to 11 p.m. at Calvin Church.

A Halupki Festival will be held Sunday at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church at 114 East Main St. in Marblehead. Free parking is in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church parking lot with free shuttle bus service to the festival.

Following Divine Liturgy in the historic church at 10 a.m., the halupki and ham dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. (Pronounced hah-loop-key, these are cabbage rolls.)

International ala carte starts at 3 p.m. with haluski (cabbage and noodles), bratwurst, pierogies, and a potato pie plus European-style baked goods.

Live polka music starts at noon with a performance of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Russian Folk Dancers of Lorain at 3 p.m.

For information, call 419-798-4591 or 419-625-1040.

The Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival featuring roasted bratwurst will continue tomorrow in Bucyrus. The festival, which began yesterday, features a grand parade tomorrow at 4 p.m., free entertainment, crafts show, arts show, rides, games, beer gardens and more.

For more information, call 419-562-BRAT.

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