Harvest (Жатва)

This past Sunday my church had our annual Harvest celebration (Жатва). The Harvest celebration for Ukrainians is very much like Thanksgiving here in the US only it is celebrated by Christians. And like any major church celebration we had a potluck afterwards. If you have never tried Ukrainian food, one thing you need to know is that Ukrainian food is amazingly delicious and, since for centuries Ukraine has been a very poor nation, very creative.

So in true Ukrainian fashion we had food galore!! There were two tables full of salads, meats, potatoes, cabbage rolls, stuffed bell peppers, tushana kapusta (fried cabbage), kielbasa, shuba (herring in a coat), and much, much more! There were also three tables of sweets, yes you read that right THREE! We had every kind of cake and pastry imaginable. It was heavenly!

Some of the salads

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Olivye or Masniy Salat – Meat and Potato Salad

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Deviled Eggs

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My uncle’s famous Cashew Chicken.

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Poppy Seed Rolls

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Cream Puffs, Waffles, Cheesecake, Bars, Cookies

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Wafers, Baklava

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Ptiche Moloko (Bird’s Milk), Medovik Cake (Honey Cake)

The food was amazing but the time spent in fellowship with our church family was even better. It was a lot of hard work to pull this potluck together but the time spent together made it all worth it.

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Just some of the stage decorations. We really do go all out in decorating and preparing for Harvest.

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