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October 21, 2009 > Middle Eastern and Greek food festival

Middle Eastern and Greek food festival

By Meenu Gupta

If you haven't had a chance to visit the Mediterranean, a great opportunity to sample some of the best that this culture has to offer is coming your way. St. James Orthodox is celebrating their fourth annual Middle Eastern and Greek food festival. Experience the best of both worlds, a blend of Middle Eastern and Greek culture, Greek and Arabic food and desserts, hookah bar, entertainment and live music, dancing, culture arts and crafts, games, traditional market place just to name a few attractions at the festival. "Our goal is to create an authentic Middle Eastern and Greek festive environment," said Event Coordinator, Joseph Hanna.

With a variety of Arabic and Greek cuisines, both meat eaters and vegetarians will enjoy the spices of both worlds. "Our menu consists of delicious entrees from Falafels, Souvlakis, Gyros, Kabobs and many traditional desserts," said Hanna. "All at a great price; come and bring your family and let your taste buds enjoy the food. At the arts and craft booth, children will be able to express their creativity by painting and decorating objects of their choice. The children's venue also includes a jump house, exciting games, face painting, and much more. Come enjoy the some of Bay Area's most talented dance groups show off their beautiful and traditional dances.

There is plenty of free parking across from the church property on Main Street. Feel free to park on the Fourth Floor of the Main Library Parking Garage, at the city parking lot below the over pass (N. Main St.) or along N. Main Street. Both the Middle Eastern and Greek communities have continued to grow within the San Jose area. With a strong community presence at St. James Orthodox Church, members elected to share the beautiful culture, food and traditions with neighbors in Milpitas and San Jose. "Our goal is to give our neighbors a taste of the Middle East and Greece all within our own backyard," said Hanna. Live music, Arabic and Greek folk dancers, delicious food and sweets, and a traditional market place will guarantee that your experience will be exciting. If you would like to make a general donation towards the festival, make checks payable to St. James Orthodox Church. For more information call (408) 449-7534.

Middle Eastern and Greek food festival
October 23 - 25
Friday: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m.
St. James Orthodox Church
195 N. Main St., Milpitas
(408) 449-7534

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