Experience the Mid East: 2011 Middle Eastern Festival

We hear about the Middle East in the news everyday. Between the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, it can be easy to make assumptions about an entire region based on very little information. The Middle Eastern Festival at St. George Church, July 15 to 17, offers Indianapolis people a chance to experience the food, music and culture of the Middle East. This three day family friendly Indianapolis festival invites Hoosiers to unite in promoting peace throughout the region starting here at home. Enjoy food and festivities as you get to know the cultures surrounding the “cradle of human civilization.” Admission is $5.00 at the door. Indianapolis kids under twelve are admitted for free. Purchase at least $10.00 in St. George Bucks in advance to receive FREE adult admission.
Reverend Nabil Hanna, the Pastor of St. George Orthodox Christian Church, invites Hoosiers to come and experience the Middle East with his congregation. “Our church sponsors the Middle Eastern Festival each year,” says Hanna, “as part of our work to promote understanding, to be peacemakers and to celebrate our common heritage… After all, the Middle East is the cradle of human civilization including our own western civilization, and has provided us all a rich heritage of literature, science and religion.”

The congregation of the church is composed of members who, “like the pilgrims who first set foot on Plymouth Rock,” says Hanna, came to the United States to practice their Christian faith freely. The founders of the church hailed from Syria and Lebanon, but welcome people of all heritages and backgrounds.

“As you join with us in food, music, dancing and fun,” continues Hanna, “please also join with us in prayer for peace and for an end to all hostility in the Middle East and throughout the world. We believe that ALL people–American, Iraqi, Palestinian, Israeli-Jew, Christian, Muslim, whatever–soldier and civilian–have the right to life, peace and security.” Break bread with the congregation of St. George Orthodox Church, and celebrate this freedom for all.
And with delicious Mid East menu items, breaking bread has never been easier. Try a Gyro Sandwich or Kafta Sandwich fresh of the grill. Indulge in a dinner plate of lamb shank, baked kibbee or a meat pie. Nibble on hummus, Mediterranean bean salad or spanakopita. Vegetarians also have delicious choices like falafels and tyropitas. And don’t miss out on the desserts including baklava, bird nest, lady fingers, honey balls and more.

While you chow down, enjoy live music from Armin and the Sultans. Work off your dinner by getting down on the dance floor. Plus, peruse the marketplace for jewelry, gifts, icons and books. And place your bid on silent auction items to help St. George raise funds to promote peace for all in the Middle East. Also a portion of the proceeds will help provide breast cancer screenings for uninsured Indianapolis area women.

Head to St. George Orthodox Christian Church this weekend to enjoy this great Indianapolis community event. Afterward, enjoy drinks at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to 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 most of the Circle City!

2011 Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis
Friday, July 15 from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday, July 16 from Noon to 11:00 pm
Sunday, July 17 from Noon to 5:00 pm

St. George Orthodox Christian Church
4020 North Sherman Drive
Indianapolis, IN