Dining With Denise Neil

Get your kibbe and kafta at annual Mediterranean Festival

A baklawa sundae, made with pieces of the traditional Mediterranean dessert over ice cream, is one of the stars of Saturday’s Mediterranean Festival.
A baklawa sundae, made with pieces of the traditional Mediterranean dessert over ice cream, is one of the stars of Saturday’s Mediterranean Festival.

Another one of Wichita’s best church food fundraisers happens on Saturday.

The annual St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church Mediterranean Festival allows food fans to buy homemade grape leaves, hummus, cabbage rolls, kafta, kibbe, Serbian chicken paprikash and more. The star of the show, in my opinion, is the baklawa sundae – crumbled up pieces of the traditional phyllo dessert sprinkled over ice cream and topped with chocolate syrup.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 344 S. Martinson. The food can can be enjoyed on-site or purchased for carryout, and the church also will have displays of ethnic dancing, church tours and more. Items are sold a la carte. 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.

This year, 10 percent of the festival’s proceeds will go to help Opportunity Zone, a drop in shelter for homeless teens. For more information, visit stmarywichita.org/festival.html.

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