Armenia is among the longest surviving civilizations in the world and the Armenians have a long history in the Milwaukee area. Every summer since the 1930s, the local Armenian community gathered for a picnic of traditional Mediterranean dishes prepared according to old family recipes.
This informal picnic has evolved into the Armenian Fest, a popular attraction for Milwaukee festival-goers looking for good, reasonably priced food in a warm, welcoming environment.
This year’s Armenian Festival will be held rain or shine on Sunday, July 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the grounds and cultural hall of the Armenian Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist, 7825 W. Layton Ave .
Admission and parking are free.
Although somewhat similar to the cuisines of Greece and other eastern Mediterranean countries, Armenian cuisine includes many unique dishes and often draws on a different selection of spices and ingredients than the recipes of its neighbors.
The menu includes chicken, beef and lulu kebob, cheese and spinach burek, lamajoun (a pizza-like dish served on thin tortilla dough), hummus, tabbouleh, vegetarian sarma, and a delicious selection of baklava and other traditional baked goods.
Traditional Armenian music and dances are performed live outdoors. The Armenian Fest also features church tours and a culture book selling books, artifacts, and bottled Armenian wine.
Visit www.armenianfest.com for more information.