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Beginning in the 1930s, the Armenian community in Milwaukee gathered for a picnic every summer featuring traditional Armenian dishes. This families’ picnic gradually grew to become the Armenian Fest.
This year’s Armenian Fest will be happening on July 16, 2023, from 11 am to 5 pm. It will take place on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Armenian Orthodox Church. This is your chance to enjoy Armenian dishes and sweets.
- Shish Kabob Dinner with marinated cubes of beef tenderloin, seasoned and grilled and served with rice pilaf, salad and bread
- Luleh Kabob Dinner with ground beef, seasoned and grilled and served with rice pilaf, salad and bread
- Chicken Kabob Dinner with filet of chicken breast, seasoned and char grilled served with with rice pilaf, salad and bread
- Lahmajoon – An Armenian pizza or tortilla with an open faced four disc topped with a spiced mixture of meat, onions, tomatoes, peppers and parsley
- Cheese Boreg – Paper thin layers of buttered dough, filled with cheese abd spinach and baked to a golden crispness
- Hummus – A healthy chickpeas dip served with pita bread
- Rice Pilaf – Long grained rice, browned with egg noodles, cooked in a buttery chicken broth
- Salad – Savory salad vegetables tossed with seasoned lemon juice and olive oil dressing
- Yalangee Sarma – Tender grape leaves stuffed with a seasoned mixture of onions, rice, tomatoes and parsley
Sweets & Treats
- Kadayif – Shredded dough pastry filled with ricotta cheese, baked and drizzled with syrup
- Paklava – Delicately buttered paper thin filo dough filled with layers of nuts, baked and drizzled with syrup
- Armenian wine
- American beer
- Bottled water
The Armenian Fest also offers a cultural booth selling books about Armenia and artifacts. There will also be live Armenian music and dancing. The entertainment will be nonstop.
If you’d like to attend the Fest and dress the part, here are some great creations you can wear.
If you enjoyed the food from the Fest and want to learn more about Armenian cooking, these cookbooks should be helpful. Use the links to see how you can save money on each book.
- The Armenian Cookbook by Victoria Wise
- Lavash: Armenian Cookbook: Armenian Recipes by Kate Leahy and Ara Zada
- The Vegan Armenian Kitchen Cookbook by Lena Teshjian and Siroon Parseghian
If you’d like to visit Milwaukee to go to the Armenian Fest, please consider the following hotels. They are offering discounted rates which could save you money on your stay.
- Comfort Inn & Suites NW Milwaukee
- Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront, an IHG Hotel
- Hilton Milwaukee City Center