Ukrainian Festival at St. Josaphat’s Church kicks off
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.
More about Ukrainians in Rochester:
- Deaf Ukrainian family flees war, begins new life in Rochester (July)
- Ukrainian Fashion Show raises money for humanitarian efforts (June)
- Ukrainian refugee reunites with family in Rochester (April)
- A Christmas story: Former Brighton convent to shelter Ukrainian refugees (Dec. 2022)
- Local doctors doctors collecting, distributing supplies to Ukraine (Sept. 2022)
- Local families seeking help to reunite with Ukrainian host children (July 2022)
- Saint’s Place preparing for 900 refugees to Rochester in next 12 months (June 2022)
- Many Ukrainians make Western New York their refuge (May 2022)
- DoubleTree Inn welcomes Ukrainian refugees (May 2022)
- Monroe County volunteers churn out tons of donations to Ukraine (April 2022)
- Local nonprofit establishes Ukraine chapter and brings big donation (Apil 2022)
- Among first walk-in visitors to Social Security was a 7-year-old girl from Ukraine (April 2022)
- ‘You need to ask’ Rochester’s Ukrainian community said they needed ambulances. They got 3 (March 2022)