The Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
Menlo Park, CA

Experience the Charm of Slavic Cuisine and Culture at Our Christmas Festival

Craving the delectable taste of mouthwatering of Piroshki, Pelmeni, Bliny, and Borscht? Or are you curious to try these Slavic delicacies for the first time? Either way, you’re in for a treat. 

Join us for an unforgettable experience at our traditional Slavic food event and Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 2, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church in Menlo Park (1220 Crane St).

Our culinary treasures - all homemade by our dedicated sisterhood - are not just meals; they are a journey through time, crafted from authentic recipes passed down from Russian emigres of the early 20th century. Now, you can enjoy them hot and fresh at the event, or take home some frozen delights to savor later.

But that’s not all. You’ll also get to immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Slavic culture, with live music, folk groups, lucky barrel gifts, and a Christmas boutique. You’ll find unique items like religious souvenirs and honey from the Assumption Monastery, hand-made treats such as organic soaps, knitted toys, festive postcards, and pottery.

Bring the little ones along, as we have an array of activities for kids, including face painting, clay for kids, and crafts and balloons. 

Plus, you’ll be supporting a good cause. All proceeds go to church maintenance and charity.

Don't miss out on this celebration of flavors, traditions, and community. Mark your calendar and invite your friends and family. We can’t wait to see you there!

Have you longed for mouthwatering Piroshki with puffy golden sides or Pelmeni with juicy meat filling? Or perhaps you've never heard of it?
We are happy to invite all, the new-comers and our customers of 40-years back, to our traditional Slavic food event, Christmas Festival, on Saturday, December 3, from 11 am to 4 pm at the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church in Menlo Park (1220 Crane St) where Ukranian Bortsh and Siberian Pelmeni are peacefully neighboring with Russian Piroshki - all for you to enjoy! 
We offer:
  • Piroshki, Pelmeni, Bliny, Golubtsy and Bortsch made by our sisterhood, served hot or frozen to take out; 
  • baking goods;
  • lucky barrel gifts;
  • live music;
  • activities for kids and more!
Our team makes these all-favorites according to the authentic recipes, inherited from Russian emigres of the beginning of the 20th century. The quality is checked by our veterans, 101-year old Ida and our tireless sisterhood Director for decades, Tatyana, who has claimed our Pelmeni to be the tastiest ever.
See you there!
Annual Rummage Sale

Come support us by attending our annual summer Rummage Sale.  The date varies each year.

Easter Picnic

To continue the joy of Pascha, we hold an annual potluck Easter Picnic on the Sunday of Pascha after the Agape Vespers. The picnic usually starts around 1 or 2pm. The location is different each year, so ask a church member where it will be!