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September 18, 2012 > Middle Eastern and Greek Food Festival

Middle Eastern and Greek Food Festival

By Nisha Patel

St. James Orthodox Church adds flavor to fall when they host their 7th annual food festival with an authentic Middle Eastern and Greek environment. The primary goal is to give neighbors a taste of the Middle East and Greece while sharing the beautiful cultures and traditions of that part of the world including live music, a traditional market place, Arabic and Greek traditional folk dancers, as well as games and craft activities for kids.

The three-day festival offers tours of the church, and an introduction to the priest who will explain their faith and beliefs. Dance groups of three different ages will perform; the adult group of individuals in their early 20's; teens, 13 and 14 year olds; and the kids group of 7-9 year olds. Greek dance groups from other churches will also perform.

Raffles will be held throughout the event with a grand prize of a 2012 Mercedes C250. Raffle tickets cost $10 each; buy 10 raffle tickets and get three free. The big drawing will be held on Sunday, September 23 at 7 p.m.; ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

Visitors will be able to buy tickets at the ticket booth and redeem them at various food booths. Food selections include the Middle Eastern dish, falafel, and Greek gyros. Garbanzo beans and other vegetables will also be sold in sandwiches and as entrees, along with kubbeh, spinach pie, lanchek, chicken kebabs on skewers, tabouleh, and hummus dips. Desserts include baklawa and loukomadis. Arabic coffee and other alcoholic drinks will also be served. A variety of Arabic and Greek cuisine will satisfy everyone including vegetarians.

Middle Eastern and Greek Food Festival
September 21 - 23
Friday: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m.
St. James Orthodox Church
195 North Main St., Milpitas
(408) 934-1794

Entrance fee: $2, kids 12 and under are free
Free parking is available across from the church property on Main Street; park on the fourth floor of the Main Library Parking Garage

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