In the Balkans and the Mediterranean…
Even the most casual visitor is greeted with a sweet and a drink on arrival.
It’s a centuries’ old tradition.
At Golden Festival…
We have a 30-year tradition of offering participants a complimentary sample of the cuisines of these regions.
We begin with imported Balkan bonbons at the entrance, then a tasting of veggie, dairy and meat specialties, and end with a lucky Vassilopita (“St. Basil’s New Year’s bread” or “King Cake”) at the end of the party. Maybe you will find the coin this year!
Our food is provided by local caterers (representing over a dozen ethnic communities in NJ and NYC), prepared by our own Golden Festival staff, or imported from Europe and the Near East.
Please join us in the Skylight Room (adjacent to the Grand Ballroom) to sample our meze — light savory snacks to accompany drinks and share with friends: Friday: 8:30 pm – 12:00 midnight
Saturday: 8:30 pm – 1:30 am
And a little something sweet, too: 10 pm – closing, both nights
We cherish the diversity, as well as the common elements, of all these regions, focusing on winter seasonal specialties. These include cooked and pickled vegetables, brined cheese, bean stew, and smoked meats: the ways that the summer bounty is preserved for the winter table in the Balkans.
The Skylight Room is divided into several buffet lines for convenience. There are two buffet lines on Friday and four on Saturday, serving the same dishes, though different specialties may appear at various times. After selecting your food and beverages, please take a seat in the Grand Ballroom or Atrium and enjoy the meze and music.
Please be considerate with your portions; the idea is to let everyone sample every dish!
We regret that traditional cuisines contain many allergens. If you have any questions about ingredients, ask a host or server to contact the Golden Fest Staff kitchen manager on duty.
Beverages are sold by Grand Prospect Hall staff on a cash-bar basis, on Friday in the Skylight Room (2nd floor), and Saturday in the Skylight Room and Speakeasy Room (1st Floor):
Drinks include: Balkan and Greek wines, traditional spirits (slivovica, rakɪ and ouzo), local craft beers, and Balkan and domestic sodas.
Organic fair-trade coffee and a selection of hot teas and herbal tisanes from Turkey and the Balkans are also for sale in the Skylight room both nights.
Insurance coverage prohibits bringing outside alcoholic beverages to Grand Prospect Hall.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Neighborhood dining options
What better way to start off your festival weekend than with an ethnic meal in Park Slope?
Here are two dining options for you in the neighborhood – whether you want to feast before the festival, or take a break during the event (your wristband will guarantee your return).
To start off your Festival, come either night — or both! Athena Mediterranean Cuisine, 535 6th Avenue, Brooklyn 718-965-4578 offers a pre-festival 3-course prix-fixe dinner, from 4 – 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, for $18.95. A cozy taverna with a wide choice of meat, veggie and seafood appetizers and main dishes, and house-made desserts. A la carte options are also available. Greek wines, spirits, and Greek coffee to get your own kefi (festive spirit) on!
Spiro’s signature chickpea dip will also be offered at the Golden Fest meze tasting, a gift from the Athena.
Please RSVP with Teddy or Chef Spiro (718-965-4578 to guarantee a table, and tell them you’re attending Golden Fest!
A great new space to meet up with your friends and family before the Festival doors open – or to take a break and enjoy a served, sit-down dinner during the event, from 4pm – 1am Friday and Noon – 1am Saturday, (Note: 21 & over only after 7:00 pm ). The heated indoor Wintergarten serves hearty soups, sandwiches, salads, wurst, schnitzel, pierogi, veggie options and German desserts. Main dishes are all under $18. 24 imported and domestic craft beers on tap, and Red Hook wines.
RSVP for 7+ guests: 718.788.0400
The Golden Fest Organizing Committee thanks the following Special Donors and Vendors for providing exceptional gifts, discounts and services. They share our belief in the power of music, dance and food to bring people of diverse cultures together.
The Diamandas Family and The Greek Store — 612 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ, carries a wide assortment of olives and meze, and you can take home traditional dishes prepared from their family recipes and house-made Greek pastries and cookies. This year we again feature their tsatsiki and taramosalata. www.eatgreek.com
Elizabeth “MB” Ryan and the Breezy Hill Orchard Family for their annual gift of apples. The farm hosts events in the Hudson Valley presenting Zlatne Uste, Romski Boji, Donka and Nikolai Kolev, Merita Halili and other Balkan artists, local food and friends. Visit their farm stands at Union Square and other local Green Market. www.hudsonvalleycider.com
“Mamma Mila” Mitrovic’s cuisine reflects her family’s Bulgarian and Serbian roots, and Mila’s own creativity. She caters at Balkan Cafe events in Manhattan, for diplomatic soirees — and at private events for you, too. She has provided traditional salads and pastries for our table. email@example.com
The Petreski Family at Eternatea Coffee and Grocery, 131 Crooks Ave., Paterson, NJ, imports their own Brian’s brand ajvar, fruit and vegetable products, bakes hot burek and other Macedonian traditional dishes to-go, and sells groceries, cheeses and meats from every Balkan region. www.facebook.com/EternaTea
Athena Mediterranean Cuisine, 535 6th Ave., Brooklyn, a three-block walk from the Hall, welcomes you to stop by for a pre-Fest meal or snack. Chef Spiro contributed his signature revithosalata to our own meze table – a creamy, earthy chickpea riff on hummus, but without the tahini. www.athenacuisine.com
Nouri Brothers – 997-1001 Main Street, Paterson, NJ is so much more than a bakery and a food market – they are a department store with a personal touch, in the heart of South Paterson’s vibrant Arabic, Turkish and Balkan community, and a source as well for cookware, handcrafts, jewelry, cds, videos and books. www.elnouri.com