The Tapestry of
Sound of drums beating, the rhythm of live Armenian
music and aroma of shish kabob captured the air at the First Annual
Armenian Food Fair and Festival held on Saturday, May 31 . Over
3,000 walked through the gates of the Holy Cross Cathedral for an
unforgettable day of food and fun.
The festival menu ranged from old time favorites which
included a choice of shish kebab or lule kebab dinner with
smoked eggplant, salad and rice, to specialties like Herrisa, Soujoukh sandwiches
and 1,000 Piroshki individually prepared by Manik Ajemian.
[Some exaggeration here, according to her son.]
The smell of fire burning while preparing handmade lavash
enticed many to stand in line to take a bite of lavash bread
topped with za'atar or nutella, prepared by Azniv Markarian and her
sister Sonia Thomassian.
After indulging in delicious foods, guests were eager
to stroll around and join in all the festivities. Montebello's Alex
Dance Academy and ARS [Armenian Relief Society] Nairy Chapter Saturday
School students performed on stage, as well as an evening performance of the
Krounk Dance ensemble featuring Arman Martyrian. ...
Those that joined the food demonstrations led by Denise
Hagopian had the opportunity to learn how to make lahmajoun from
Nellie of Hye Bakery in Montebello, rice pilaf, and delicious home-made
string cheese by Sylva Kaloyan.
Vendors lined the lot offering a unique shopping
experience for attendees, from the Pampered Chef Booth, the Armenian Bone
Marrow Donor Registry to the Fiscal Credit Union. There was something
for everyone at the festival. ...
"We had a great team working hard to make sure
everything ran smoothly prior to and during the event. Each and every
individual in the festival committee played an integral role in preparing
for this event and brought different strengths to the team," said Anita
Altounian, event chairperson of the Armenian Food Fair and Festival.
The committee is looking forward to next year's
festival and is eager to start planning for 2009.
If you'd like to participate in next year's festival,
please contact Holy Cross Cathedral at (323) 727-1113 or visit us at www.armenianfoodfair.com.
Excerpted from Spotlight on Montebello, July -