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Mid-East Food Festival in Atlanta

20 May 2010 18,329 views Add a Comment

I saw a flyer for this festival this week when I visited Leon’s International Grocery for Orange Blossom water. If you have never tried Middle Eastern food, you are in for a treat. The cuisines of Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and the rest of the Middle East are among the oldest. Development began with the dawn of agriculture and was established before cookbooks were even thought of. It is among the most delectable cuisines of the planet and has influenced the world.  This festival is free and with feature dance and music.  Don’t miss it.

What: 45th Annual Mid-East Food Festival

When:

Saturday, May 22 noon to 9pm

Sunday, May 23 noon to 5pm

Where: St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church

1428 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

Directions

How Much: Free!

Details: This year the festival features renowned performer George Kouz with keyboard player Aboud Ghazi and the band.  Expect Lots of Middle Eastern Food, desserts, church tours, music, dance, children’s activities and several cultural items. For more information call 770-645-6169 or go to the church website.

Foods to look for: In Atlanta, most Middle Eastern food is often labeled Persian or Mediterranean. Look for hummus (a chickpea spread); baba ghanoush (a roasted eggplant dip); desserts featuring honey (like baklava) and sesame (such as halva); doner kebab (roasted meat, usually lamb, similar to Greek gyros); preserved lemons; Imam Bayildi (The Imam Fainted, an eggplant dish); stuffed pastries like falayer; and stuffed grape leaves.

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