In-person St. Elias Mediterranean Festival in La Crosse returns after COVID drive-thru last year

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — St. Elias Orthodox Church’s annual Mediterranean Festival in La Crosse is back to in-person celebrating this weekend.

The festival, free and open to the public, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds at 716 Copeland Ave.

It will feature folk dancing and music from a Bulgarian folk band.

There will also be food available for purchase such as chicken kabab and falafel.

“Last year, we did a drive-thru festival because of COVID-19,” said event organizer Richard Markos. “The drive-thru was very successful because people responded to the effort, which we really appreciate.”

The money raised by the festival goes directly toward running the church.

Markos says this could be a big first step toward expanding since the church currently only seats 40 people.

“We do have some plans drawn up to expand the building and hopefully if the festival is successful and we meet our regular obligations, some of this money can be used to help with that foundation,” says Markos.

To purchase meals, download the mobile Sabadash App.

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