The annual St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church Mediterranean Festival returns this weekend for its 86th celebration of authentic food from Lebanon, Syria, Greece and more.
The event, which happens every May at the church at 344 S. Martinson, starts on Friday with a party known as a “hafli” from 6 to 10 p.m. and continues from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday with a dinner and food sale.
Friday night’s event will include food, music and lessons in traditional “dabke” dancing. The Friday-night event also will include a selection of ethnic wine and beer. Admission is free.
The full dinner will be available on Saturday and will offer dishes like hummus, cabbage rolls, kafta, kibbe and Serbian chicken paprikash as well as wine and craft beer. Food can be enjoyed on-site or purchased for carryout, and items are sold a la carte. The dinner also will feature a Mediterranean Marketplace, where people can shop for traditional baked goods, pastries, breads, desserts and take-home portions of some of the dinner items. The church’s bookstore also features art, jewelry, music and books for sale.
This year, organizers have made space for diners to eat outside under a covered tent on Saturday.
A portion of proceeds from the fundraiser will be shared with the Wichita Family Crisis Center. Diners can pay with cash, check or credit cards.