One of Sonoma County's most beloved celebrations, the Glendi Ethnic Food Fair, takes place this weekend, from 11 am. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Saint Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Christian Church (90 Mountain View Ave., Santa Rosa).
At the heart of the fair is, as its name implies, food, with cuisines from Russia, Macedonia, Eritrea, Greece, Italy, the Balkans and the Middle East all represented.
Highlights of the menu, which you can read in full at saintseraphim.com, include piroshki, lamb and beef gyro, spanakopita, dolmas, sarma (cabbage stuffed with veal, turkey and pork), tarator (cold cucumber and yogurt soup), timtimo (lentils), hummus, falafel and much more.
There's a bakery full of delicious desserts from around the world, Greek coffee, local microbrews and local wines. New this year is the Baklava Sundae, which features baklava with ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and cherries.
You can enjoy foods on the spot and take them home. This year, there is table service in the Weingarten.
You can listen to live music by Edessa, dance throughout the day, take dance lessons, tour the church, attend vespers service and listen to the choir. There's a bookstore, ethnic crafts, a henna booth and door prizes throughout the day.
Admission is just $5 for adults and free for everyone under 12.
The parish has hosted Glendi, which translates as “party” in Greek, since 1989. It is a major fundraiser, and a portion of the proceeds benefit local nonprofits.
Glean, You Glean, We All Glean: This Sunday, Slow Food Russian River joins CropMobster, Bloomfield Farms and Petaluma's Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) to glean produce for COTS and enjoy a fabulous farm meal prepared by chef Brandon Guenther of Rocker Oysterfellers Kitchen and Saloon, located near Bloomfield Farms.
It all takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 12550 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma.