Indianapolis festival season rolls on this Summer with great cultural gatherings to expand your horizons. Now in its fifteenth year, the Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis has come to be a foodie’s heaven for all the homemade exotic dishes. St. George Orthodox Christian Church hosts the Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis July 16 to 18 with food, dancing, music, jewelry and a marketplace. Featuring some of the most delectable dishes at any Indianapolis festival all year, come to this Indianapolis event with an empty stomach and an open palate. Don’t miss this scrumptious Indianapolis culture event.
This annual fundraiser for St. George Orthodox Church has come to be a cornerstone of their annual events. Attracting Indianapolis people from near and far, the Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis tons of great entertainment and food. Chosen as a “Best Bet” for July entertainment by Indy Moms Magazine and recommended in Indy North magazine as one of “a dozen ways to spend your days” in June and July, this Indianapolis festival has garnered quite a following across Indianapolis. Last year more than 7,000 Hoosiers attended the 2009 festival, making it the most successful in festival history. In 2010, the Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis plans to out do itself once more with even larger crowds.
Perhaps the most important, and attractive, part of the Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis is the comprehensive menu featuring the most delicious of Middle Eastern cuisine. This hot menu is better than anything to be found at Indianapolis restaurants this weekend. Listed below is the complete menu. Items are ala carte and prices are from $2.00 upward.
Middle Eastern Festival Menu
- Lamb Shank (roasted leg of lamb)
- Gryos (beef)
- Kafta (lamb and beef with parsley and spices)
- Grape Leaves (stuffed with beef and rice, served with yogurt)
- Baked Kibbee (beef and wheat mix layered with meat, onions and pine nuts)
- Shawarma (marinated, grilled chicken strips)
- Falafel (chick pea and fava bean patties with tahini sauce)
- Spanakopita (filo dough pie stuffed with spinach)
- Tyropita (filo dough pie stuffed with feta cheese)
- Hommoys and Pita
- Meat Fatayer (yeast dough pie stuffed with spiced meat)
- Spinach Fatayer (yeast dough pie stuffed with spinach and spices)
- Salata (Mediterranean lettuce, tomato and mint salad)
- Cut Watermelon
- Honey Balls
In addition to this incredible dinner menu, the Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis will feature a Pastry Shop full of sweet delights including the classic Middle Eastern dessert baklava. Seventeen different pastries will tantalize your taste buds including coconut cookies, makaroons, walnut sandies, chocolate mounds and more.
With your belly full of these delicacies, enjoy a host of entertainment options. Whether you want to walk of your supper shopping in their indoor air conditioned marketplace and bookstore or just sit back, relax and enjoy music and dancing, the Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis has it for you. The infamous marketplace is a great place to pick up exotic gifts for yourself and for loved ones. With groceries, jewelry, icons, cookbooks, CDs and even a silent auction, their are some great deals to be had.
Orthodox dancing is a sight to behold. This ancient tradition has been kept alive for centuries by Orthodox Christian churches. See these big group dances live and even learn a few steps yourself Friday through Sunday. With shows on the hour every hour and lessons to follow, its easy to catch a performance. Open dancing is available before and after every show.
Endowed with tremendous architecture and history, Eastern Orthodox Churches are rich with beauty and serenity. Both self-guided and hosted church tours will be available for all participants who want to learn more about worship at St. George Orthodox Christian Church or who simply want to take a look around at the marvelously designed structure.
Books of food tickets, which include one free admission are available in packages that range between $30.00 and $105.00. Or purchase food tickets individually, every $15.00 worth of food tickets comes with one free admission. Free admission tickets are also available online at St. George’s website (listed below) and on the Indianapolis Star website.
Don’t miss this fantastic and fun Indianapolis event. After you enjoy a fine dinner at the Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis, head to any of these Indianapolis bars to unwind over cocktails. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!
Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis
July 16 to 18
St. George Orthodox Church
4020 North Sherman Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226