Fri 9/20 @ 5-11PM
Sat 9/21 @ 1-11PM
Sun 9/22 @ noon-4PM
Cleveland’s ethnic church festival season extends into the fall, with several still on the calendar. That includes the 18th annual Armenian Festival, taking place at St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church in Richmond Heights.
Homemade food is at the center of it, of course, with a distinctive cuisine that contains familiar elements of eastern European, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisines. Expect choices such as stuffed grape leaves, cheese pastries, shish kebab, rice pilaf, and more vegan/vegetarian-friendly food than you’ll find at many such festivals. They’re also touting Armenian pastries: simit, a sesame bread popular in Turkey; pakhlava, familiar to most as baklava; and the uniquely Armenian sweet rolls called gata.
There will be Armenian music throughout the weekend, along with an Armenian dance ensemble performing on Sunday, plus church tours, cultural displays and a shop featuring items handcrafted in Armenia, as well as outdoor games and activities for kids.
The festival is free and open to all.