Ukrainian Festival at St. Josaphat’s Church kicks off

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Ukrainian hospitality, food, and music will be on display through Sunday at the St. Josaphat’s Church in Irondequoit.

The 51st annual Ukrainian Festival runs from Thursday, Aug. 17 until Sunday, Aug. 20. There will be authentic food including pierogies, cabbage, and sausage. There will also be a Ukrainian Bazaar with embroideries, ceramics, amber, Easter eggs, paintings, icons, and jewelry.

As the War in Ukraine rages on, Ukrainians in Rochester are celebrating their culture through the festival.

“It’s basically a big party to showcase the Ukrainian culture, Ukrainian traditions, Ukrainian Food. There’s shopping. Whatever your heart desires,” said festival organizer Andrew Hanushevsky.

RocMaidan, the Rochester based nonprofit that has sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine during the war, has a booth at the festival to raise funds.

The festival will also include folk dancing, live music, and tours of the church. On Sunday, there will be a prayer for peace in Ukraine at the church starting at 11 a.m.

You can see a full schedule, menu, and list of vendors here. The festival runs from 6 to 10:45 p.m. on Thursday and 6 to 11:45 p.m. on Friday. Then, it’s from 1 to 11:45 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The church is at 940 Ridge Road.

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