Third Annual Taste of Slovenia a success in Ely

WELCOMING GUESTS were: Marty Bajda, Lee Schutte, Bina Medved, Matt Smrekar and Al Medved. Photos by John Rejman

by Nancy McReady -

Interest has really increased in Slovenian heritage with a great attendance of the third annual Taste of Slovenia. Nearly three hundred people attended the event at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. People were lined up Third Avenue to Camp St. waiting for the doors to open at 11 a.m.
Twenty different food items were offered that included: Slovenian soups, salads, meats and desserts. While people enjoyed the sampling of these foods, Bernie Palcher played his accordion.
This year the Slovenian Union of America (SUA) had the help of Ely Community Resource and several high school students. Evan Omerza, Michael Lah, Blaise Lah and Brandon Martin helped with setup and manning food stations.
Several items were for sale, such as homemade jellies, homemade noodles, SUA Cookbook and even a small cookbook of all the recipes of foods served, put together by the Ely Echo.
Out of state visitors from Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio said the “Taste” was wonderful with awesome Slovenian foods. One former Elyite asked if someone could please open a restaurant and serve Slovenian foods!
After the Taste in the afternoon, a polka party was held at Amici’s. DJ Tom Omerza played polkas and some modern tunes as well. This was an Age to Age event sponsored by Ely Community Resource to bring young and older people together with Slovenian music. It was enjoyed by all.