ArmeniaFEST 2015 to be Oct. 2-4 in Scottsdale

A photo from ArmeniaFest 2014 (photo by Saint Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church)

A photo from ArmeniaFest 2014 (photo by Saint Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church)

St. Apkar Armenian Church invites the public to come and bring their appetites and their dancing shoes to ArmeniaFEST 2015.

Friday, Oct. 2, will be a casual evening of music and dancing, with appetizers and drinks for sale, according to a press release.

The grills, kitchen, and bake shop will be open on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, emitting the mouth-watering delicious smells that are expected of this nuanced cuisine.

St. Apkar announces that the Erebuni Dance Ensemble will once again travel from California to perform on Saturday and Sunday, as will the Veradzunund (Rebirth) and St. Apkar Dance Groups, the release stated. On Sunday, dancers from the St. Sava Serbian Church will perform.

The festival features Armenian and Mediterranean music, singing and dancing, gift boutiques, kids’ fun and games, an art exhibit, and raffle prizes.

A full complement of homemade Armenian food and desserts will be available on Saturday and Sunday.

Food enthusiasts will love to try Armenian specialties including:

  • kebab – a spicy meat skewered and grilled
  • kufteh – a meatball that is stuffed and lightly fried
  • pilaf – seasoned rice
  • sarma – stuffed grape leaves
  • boereg – flaky filo dough filled with cheese or spinach and cheese
  • lahmejune – thin Armenian pizza
  • hummus – mashed chick peas and sesame seed paste with olive oil and lemon juice
  • tabbouleh – fine bulghur, chopped parsley, scallion and tomato salad
  • tourshi – tangy pickled vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, turnips and beets
  • pakhlava – flaky filo dough filled with walnuts and spices in sweet syrup
  • bourma – rolled fingers of flaky filo dough filled with walnuts and spices in sweet syrup
  • gatah – filled buttery breakfast pastry round
  • choereg – flavorful braided Easter bread
  • nazouk – sweet pastry filled with walnuts and spices
  • ghourabia – sweet butter cookie
  • khadaif/kunafa – sweet dessert with clotted cream/ricotta cheese filling in sweet syrup
  • perok – tasty apricot marmalade coffee cake

St. Apkar is the only Armenian church in Arizona and recently celebrated its sixth anniversary of its consecration. It is located 8849 E. Cholla St. in Scottsdale. Admission to ArmeniaFEST is $2 and children aged 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is also free.

For additional information, contact the chairperson of ArmeniaFEST, Hagop Naldjian. He can be reached at 818-468-3419 or e-mail naldjian@aol.com.

A photo from ArmeniaFest 2014 (photo by Saint Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church)

A photo from ArmeniaFest 2014 (photo by Saint Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church)

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