Dining With Denise Neil

Organizers amping up the ‘festival’ in Mediterranean Festival

Stuffed cabbage leaves will be on the menu at Saturdays St. Mary’s Orthodox Church annual Mediterranean Festival.
Stuffed cabbage leaves will be on the menu at Saturdays St. Mary’s Orthodox Church annual Mediterranean Festival.

The annual St. Mary’s Orthodox Christian Church Mediterranean Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, , 344 S. Martinson, and organizers are again trying to add to the festival atmosphere.

Organizers have added several new components this year, including some Middle Eastern dancing, which will happen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the dining hall and outside the church. Church cooks also will put on cooking demonstrations between noon and 3 p.m., and their recipes will focus on dried mint leaves. A professional balloon twister will be there from 1 to 3 p.m., and a Byzantine art demonstration will feature an icon painter working from 3 to 6 p.m. Byzantine art and music will be presented outside the sanctuary from 4 to 5 p.m.

The main attraction, though, is still the food, and the church will be selling stuffed grape leaves, cabbage rolls, kafta, kibee, chicken paprikash and more. And it also will bring back the popular baklava sundaes that it sold last year. (The sundaes were once a popular offering at the Wichita Riverfest. The food all is sold a la carte and can be enjoyed on-site or purchased for carryout. New this year is an ethnic drink tasting event, which will happen outdoors.

As always, the event also will include a market where shoppers can select bottled dressings, breads and desserts from Greece, Lebanon, Syria, Serbia, Russia, Romania, Egypt and Ethiopia. The market also offers samples of Turkish coffee.

For more information, visit http://www.stmarywichita.org/

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