We are huge fans of Armenian food 'round here, from the sojouk to the brandy to Ara's Pastry, Zankou's Chicken, and everything else. And while we're aware that there's a sizable Armenian community in OC (historically in Anaheim and Garden Grove, increasingly in Irvine and Costa Mesa), we never knew that there was an Armenian food festival hear. So leave it to the fine folks at St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa to let us know about it, and shame us by letting us know it's their fifth year. Man, where have we been?!
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From their press release.
Orange County's 5th annual Armenian Festival returns on October 5 & 6 at St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa (expanding to 2 days this year!) bringing an authentic Armenian cultural experience to Orange County.
Festival hours are Saturday Oct 5, noon -10pm; and Sunday Oct 6, noon -6pm at St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa. Festival Admission is just $2 per person and parking is free around the neighborhoods of the church grounds. Festival attendees will experience traditional Armenian Cuisine, full-band live music, authentic dancing with special dance performances, boutique shopping, kids fun zone & games (10$ all day wristband) and happy hours featuring food and drink specials.
The highlight of this year's 2 day festival is, (as always) traditional Armenian dishes, homemade pastries, and a variety of drinks including Armenian wine and beer. This menu will include: Shish Kabob, Chicken Shish Kabob, Luleh Shish Kabob (seasoned ground beef), all served with rice pilaf & mediterranean salad or a la carte; shawarma (Gyro); cheese boreg (cheese filled pastry); sarma (stuffed grape leaves); armenian coffee; baklava; and so much more!
"St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa invites Armenians of Orange County, as well as non-Armenian neighbors and friends to attend our Armenian Festival on October 5 & 6, 2013." Said Father Moushegh Tashjian, St Mary's Armenian Orthodox Priest. "The Festival provides great opportunity to sample some of the tastiest home-made Armenian and Mediterranean foods and delicacies, learn the steps of Armenian folk dancing with live band, visit the sanctuary and learn about one of the oldest Christian churches in the world. The Festival will feature in addition, exciting activities, shopping, kids Zone, imported Armenian beer, raffle, etc. A great two days of food and fun, culture and tradition!"
Our festival offers something for everyone! We hope to see you there!
See you there!