Serbian Cultural Festival – Broadview Heights

34.) Serbian Cultural Festival – Broadview Heights – August 24, 2013

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I arrived at St. Sava’s Serbian Cultural Festival…

…to find a huge, empty lot with a gate entrance in the back…

…so I headed back to investigate.

Sure enough, this was where the festival was taking place, but it was not in full swing two hours after starting time (I recommend going in the evening).

The inflatables were untouched…

…there were maybe two kids at the playground…

…and at the covered entertainment area…

…the music stage sat quietly.

The main action was taking place at this building…

…where some festival goers flocked around the outside bar…

…while others brought food tickets…

…for various dishes served inside.

Although I was a little hungry, I was not full-meal $10 hungry.

I would have liked to see ala carte items on the menu for a stuffed cabbage roll or maybe some cevapi (grilled sausage).  Lord knows I should have asked about this possibility because it seems absurd that you couldn’t do this.

But, at the time, I was most likely annoyed with the food ticket system since first-time attendees needed to go inside to see what looks good, come back out to wait in line for the food tickets, and then go back inside to wait in line again to be served.

So I decided to just get coffee and dessert…

…and then headed inside where the opposing walls were lined with dinner lines…

…and dessert tables.

This is where the festival really excelled for me…

…with a not-so-paprika-esque paprikash (respectfully)…

…some plump stuffed peppers…

…and stuffed cabbage the way I like them (not drowning in Bloody Mary mix).

The desserts were pretty inviting as well…

…and I found some Serbian kolaches to go with my coffee.

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