The Romania Festival of NYC

by Cecil Fontaine
Immerse yourself in Romanian culture at the NYC Romania Day Festival.

Immerse yourself in Romanian culture at the NYC Romania Day Festival.

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The Romania Day Festival held in New York City celebrates the culture of Romania and seeks to bring attention to Romanian immigration to the United States. This festival draws around 25,000 people each year and has been growing in popularity since its inception in the year 2000. The Romania Day Festival is such a significant event that city officials close several blocks of Broadway to car traffic for the duration of the festival.

Date and Location

The Romania Day Festival takes place annually on the first Sunday in May. The festival is located on Broadway, between its intersections with Fulton Street and Battery Place. Activities begin in mid-morning and the festival officially ends around 6 p.m.

Activities

During the festival, Broadway is filled with vendor's stands that offer traditional Romanian foods and beverages. Artisan crafts are also offered for purchase. Dancers perform Romanian folk dances and musical groups play traditional music on a stage set up for the occasion, and invited Romanian and American dignitaries give speeches.

History and Growth

The festival originally took place along several blocks of Water Street, but due to its popularity and increased attendance, eventually moved to Broadway. Some of the notable guests over the years have included presidents of Romania, the Romanian royal family, and representatives of the mayor of New York City. The event is broadcast live on Romanian television stations to viewers on four continents.

Specialty Foods and Drinks

Romania has a rich culinary tradition and any visit to the Romania Day Festival includes sampling some of the best-known Romanian dishes. Some foods to try include: mamaliga cu branza, millet polenta with cheese, and sarmale, diced meat wrapped in cabbage leaves. Some traditional Romanian drinks include: must de struguri, a non-alcoholic grape juice, and tuica, a strong Romanian plum brandy.

About the Author

Based in Colorado, Cecil Fontaine has been writing and editing since 2009, specializing in Brazilian travel guides. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.

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