Mediterranean Festival Celebrates Cultures

Published On: Jun 11 2012 05:20:16 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2012 05:07:24 AM CDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The south side Oktoberfest grounds were alive with the smell, taste and sounds of the Mediterranean Sunday.

The Parish of Saint Elias Orthodox Church hosted a Mediterranean festival to celebrate the different cultures represented in its congregation.

Church members served authentic food from Lebanon, Syria and Greece.

The church also brought in live entertainment from Minnesota, Iowa and the village dancers from right here in La Crosse.

Organizers say it's a chance to raise money for the church and celebrate different heritages.

"The purpose is to share the cultures of the people who come to the church. The church has its roots in the Syrian Lebanese cultures," says festival worker Richard Markos.

"But we also have other cultures in the church. Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian and of course what makes America great. European... the whole nine yards."

The church will celebrate its 100 year anniversary this November.