News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 27, 2012

Church festival offers dose of Middle Eastern food, culture

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — St. George Orthodox Church will host its annual Middle Eastern Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the church’s Social Center.

The billowy tents covering the ceiling and booths will be reminiscent of a village atmosphere as seen in the streets of Damascus during the Middle Eastern Festival.

Foods from cities and villages in Syria and Lebanon such as fried football kibby; Shish Kebab over rice; rolled and stuffed grape leaves; meat and spinach pies; hummus bi tahini; mountain bread; and Middle Eastern tabouli salad. A pastry shop will include baklawa, ma’mool, a butter-nut cookie, and the sweet Ka’ack anise cookie. The booth will also include pickled turnips, breads topped with za’tar and sesame, and mountain flat bread, all made by members of the church. An a la carte menu will also be available.

Activities will include dancing to Arabic music by Middle Eastern dance instructor Judy Hanna of Indianapolis. Mousa Khoury of Indianapolis will perform his melodious, almost extinct, string instrument called the oud (lute) in the background intermittently throughout the festival.

A new cookbook compiled by the St. George Ladies Society will be available, along with religious books for children, DVDs, icons and jewelry. A silent auction will allow for bids on baskets filled with food items to make a Middle Eastern specialty and other items.

Tours of the church by the Rev. Father Paul Matar and Father Deacon Elias Corey will be offered.

Festival tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Tickets for 12 and under are $6. Students with ID will receive a $2 discount off the regular price of $15. Advance tickets can be purchased from the Saratoga Restaurant, Ellis Law, Corey’s Fine Footwear, Mike’s Food Market, George’s Café or from any member of the St. George Ladies Society.

St. George Social Center is at 1900 S. Fourth St.