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Get your fix of authentic Middle Eastern food at the St. George Feast of the Middle East to be held this weekend October 5-7, 2012. This annual event features an incredible menu of Middle Eastern favorites including hummus, tabouli, shwarma, kebabs, gyros, falafel and more. The signature 50-foot long dessert table is a spectacle in itself featuring: baklava, mamoul, ghriebeh, and many other sweet treats to tempt your taste buds. All of the food and pastries are freshly prepared using recipes that have been passed down for generations.
The purpose of the St. George Feast of the Middle East is to positively share Middle Eastern food, culture, hospitality, and tradition with the greater Phoenix community.
Very Reverend Father Christopher Salamy, the pastor of St. George, explained that the Feast of the Middle East was an important way for everyone to gather around the table of peace in light of the current crises in the Middle East.
In addition to the incredible food, the St. George Feast of the Middle East features fun for the whole family. Entertainment includes Arabic dancing performed by the youth of St. George, live music, and a children's area featuring games, face painting, and inflatable bouncers. This year the festival will also feature a hookah lounge sponsored by XHALE Hookah Lounge.
Church tours will be available and the St. George bookstore will be open selling books, icons, and gifts.
The festival is held annually at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church located at 4530 E. Gold Dust, one block South of Shea and West of Tatum. St. George Church has been a fixture in the Valley for over 60 years and is one of only two Antiochian Orthodox churches in the Greater Phoenix Area.
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church is part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Sometimes called the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church is the first Christian Church. The Orthodox Church can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles twenty centuries ago. The Church of Antioch was established by the Apostles Paul and Barnabas in 42 A.D., with St. Peter serving for the next eight years as its first prelate. The Church of Antioch is one of the five ancient Patriarchates of the Christian Church, along with Alexandria, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Rome.