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Welcome Home! to the 43rd Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival

August 10, 2017

One of Toledo’s oldest and most popular ethnic festivals, The Birmingham Ethnic Festival: “A Weekend in the Old Country” has been held for the past 43 years to celebrate the strength and diversity of our community, our success in preventing the splitting of our neighborhood by a proposed road widening project, and our continuing fight for the preservation and recognition of our neighborhood.

The 43rd festival will feature popular Hungarian foods including: Chicken Paprikás, Hunky Turkey (Roasted Bacon Sandwich), Stuffed Cabbage, Homemade Kolbász / Sausage Sandwiches, Gulyás(Goulash), Palacsinta(crepes), Cabbage and Noodles, Pastries and a fantastic array of other ethnic foods on Consaul Street. Chicken Paprikás Dinners will be sold on Saturday (at 4:30PM) & Sunday (at Noon) at Calvin United, and at St. Stephen’s Hall Sunday from 12PM-3PM (or until they run out).

The hours for the Festival are 12:00 noon to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday and 12:00 noon to 9:00 P.M. on Sunday.

As an unofficial opening to the Festival Weekend, the 22nd Annual Waiters’ Race will occur on Friday night, August 18 at 7PM. The race, with relay teams of four carrying trays with a full pitcher and two glasses of beer, has become one of the most popular events at the Festival. Entertainment and refreshments will be available on Consaul Street before and after the race. Be sure to come down and join in the festivities!

On Sunday, August 20th, a Recognition Ceremony will be held at 12:00 Noon on the steps of St. Stephen’s Church, beginning with a flag raising ceremony, announcement of the recipient of the Birmingham Friend of the Neighborhood Award, recognition of local and international guests, and presentation of the Beer Keg Trophy to the winner of the Waiters’ Race.

Ethnic dance groups will perform both Saturday and Sunday on the three Main Stages at the St Stephen’s / Hungarian Club site, Calvin United and VFW 4906 on Consaul Street.

Scheduled performers include folk dancing by Borozda Ensemble, Kodaly Ensemble and Csipke Ensemble, Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattlers, Molly’s Irish Dancers, Bavarian Sports Club Schuhplattlers, Echoes of Poland, Matt Keeler (Folk Musician), Carlos Ochoa, and El Corazon de Mexico. A táncház (dance workshop) will occur at Calvin United lot on Saturday, August 19th at 4PM and on Sunday, August 20th at 4PM at the VFW.

Életfa Ensemble from New Jersey will perform traditional Hungarian folk music throughout the weekend.

Popular bands will be performing a great variety of music both days in the evening on the three Main Stages. Bands to be featured include: Bobby May & Dry Bones Revival,
Tru Brew, and East River Drive Band.

Food and craft vendors will also be selling their colorful and creative wares on the Consaul Street mall. Children’s Games and Rides will be available at Consaul & Milford Streets, from 12-6 on Saturday and Sunday.

Handicap parking is available off of Front and Burr Streets, with transportation available to the festival and facilities throughout the festival grounds.

Come enjoy a Weekend in the Old Country as well as a great Toledo neighborhood tradition with great food, music, dance and refreshments in the historic Birmingham Neighborhood.

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