Culinary Events

63rd Annual Armenian Food Festival and Bazaar

When: Fri., Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. 2015

The fact that the East Bay doesn’t have a proper Armenian restaurant makes this food festival — the biggest event that the St. Vartan Armenian Church (650 Spruce St., Oakland) hosts each year — all the more attractive. Where else can a person who has a taste for well-spiced lamb and buttery phyllo dough go to get his or her fix? Specialties to target at the two-day feast include koofta (a kind of stuffed lamb meatball), boereg (meat- or cheese-filled phyllo pastries), and an assortment of breads and pastries, including cigar-shaped boorma, a not-so-distant cousin to Middle Eastern baklava. Most of the food has been prepared by members of the congregation, with a la carte items priced at $3–$6 apiece. Taste something you love? Frozen versions of many dishes will be available for purchase at the popup khanoot, or country store, along with a variety of Armenian pantry staples.  — Luke Tsai

Price: $1, $3

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