In the Balkans..
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 27-year tradition of communally preparing and providing a complimentary sampling of the cuisines of the Mediterranean and Balkans,
from an imported Balkan bonbon at the reception desk, to a spread of veggie, dairy and meat specialties, to the lucky Vassilopita (New Years’ bread) at the end of the party!
All 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.
We cherish the diversity, as well as the common elements, of all these cuisines, focusing on seasonal specialties. These include cooked and pickled vegetable salads, brined cheese, bean stews, and smoked meats, representing the ways that the summer bounty is preserved for the winter table in the Balkans.
Please join us in the Skylight Room (adjacent to the Grand Ballroom) on Friday between 8:30 – midnight and Saturday 8:30 – 1:30 to experience a festive buffet of meze — light snacks meant to accompany drinks and share with friends.
— The Skylight Room is divided into several stations for convenience. Each station serves the same food. Meze is served earlier in the evening, and sweets will appear after 10 pm. After selecting your food and beverages, please take a seat in the Grand Ballroom or Atrium room.
— On Saturday night, there will be also “Balkan bar snacks” in the “Speakeasy Bar” (1st floor).
— Please be considerate with your portions, so everyone may be able to 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.
– If you or your kids require an earlier, or, sit-down hot meal, support our Park Slope neighbors by patronizing the local international restaurants — from Greek and Turkish to Latino, French and Indonesian — along 7th and 5th Avenues, within walking distance of the Hall.
For more dining options check out: http://www.hellobrooklyn.com/Brooklyn_restaurants/park_slope.html
– If you leave the Hall for a meal or an espresso, your wristband will allow you to return to the festival afterwards!
– Beverages will be sold by Grand Prospect Hall staff on a cash-bar basis, on Friday in the Skylight Room, and Saturday in the Skylight Room and Speakeasy Room (1st Floor): local craft beers, typical Balkan and Greek Island wines, traditional spirits (slivovica, raki and ouzo), organic fair-trade coffee, a selection of hot teas from Turkey and the Balkans, and sodas.
– Purchase beverage tickets from Grand Prospect staff, and “pay” for your drink selections with them. Sorry, this is cash only, so come prepared.
– Free water is available on every level for you thirsty dancers! Please label and reuse your cups; trays will be provided to store these.
– Insurance coverage for the event prohibits bringing outside alcoholic beverages to Grand Prospect Hall. Thank you for your cooperation.
The following Donors and Vendors provided gifts, discounts and special services to make this presentation possible.
We thank them all for their interest in the festival, and share their belief in food and music as a way to bring people from many cultures together.
Elizabeth “MB” Ryan and the Breezy Hill Orchard for their annual gift of apples. The farm hosts events in the Hudson Valley presenting Zlatne Uste and other Balkan artists. Visit their stands at at Union Square and other local Green Markets www.hudsonvalleycider.com
“Mamma Mila” Mitrovic’s family’s cuisine reflects their Bulgarian and Serbian heritage. Mila caters regularly at Balkan Cafe in Manhattan, diplomatic soirees — and at private events for you, too.
Cvetko Petreski at Eternatea Coffee and Grocery, 131 Crooks Ave., Paterson, NJ, imports their own Brian’s brand fruit and vegetable products, prepares Macedonian traditional dishes and sells imports from every Balkan region. firstname.lastname@example.org