St. Dimitrie food fest

by Matt DePietro

Take a drive down Sport Hill Road, past the Fire Department, Village Store, and the orchards at Silverman’s Farm, and you will find St. Dimitrie’s Romanian Orthodox Church.

The Church is the only Orthodox Catholic Church in Easton, and has been since they moved from Bridgeport nine years ago.

St. Dimitri will be hosting their summer Food Fest on Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9 on Church grounds. “The event is open to the public, it’s a food festival— people can try different styles of cooking, such as Mediterranean, and Baltic foods” said Father George Coco.

Visit St. Dimitrie’s website and find a gallery of pictures where one can get a glimpse of the wide selection of cooking that the festival has to offer. Click through the gallery and see stuffed shells, roasted chicken, and an array of breads, and pastries. The menu and price list is also listed.

“There’s Dancing, a presentation put on by the kids. And will be another event in September which is also open to the public,” he said.

All the cooking is done by the members of St. Dimitrie’s.

Father George also noted that they offer tours of the Church. St. Dimitrie’s interior design is something of a piece of art.

Including the work of Alexander Seceni, whose intricate wood carving design is the framework for the Iconostasis, or the separating wall at the altar. His unique carving style can only be seen in one other Church in America.

The second notable sight, is the work of Dhimitri Cika. Cika is the artist behind the iconography, or the images within the woodcarving, and the paintings on the walls of the Church.

“Cika has done all the iconography for the Church. And is continuing to work on it— there is more to come,” said Father George. The detailed visual appeal along with the lineage and structure that connects each individual image, is worth seeing even if one does not belong to the Orthodox Church.

Father George invited the entire community to come and see what St. Dimitri’s has to offer.

“All are welcome,” he said.

Dhimitri Cika, a professional icon painter, stands in front of his painting of the birth of Christ above the alter at St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church in Easton. Photo: Autumn Driscoll/ CT Post