Saint George Melkite Catholic Church turns 100 years old this year! Father Justin Rose, who has been the pastor at Saint George for four years, says, “I can see God’s hand in gathering this community and keeping them focused not only as Middle Eastern people but as Christians. In all the struggles of any community, we see God’s hand in us being here for 100 years.”
You’re invited to celebrate this milestone with the church at their 39th Middle Eastern Food Festival on September 23-25. Co-Chair, Annette Ritchey shares, “We anticipate a full-fledged festival, though there may be a few modifications made based on CDC guidelines.”
The menu of delicious foods includes: baked Kibbee, stuffed grape leaves, spinach pies, meat pies, Falafel, Mediterranean style chicken and more. For a taste of most everything try the Nile Plate or Oasis Plate. The Nile includes Kibbee as its entrée and the Oasis includes Mediterranean style chicken as its entrée. Both plates include rice and green beans cooked in seasoned tomato sauce, freshly made salad, grape leaves, and Hummus and pita bread. The menu offers vegetarian plates and sides as well. An incredible array of Middle Eastern sweets will be offered. Zalabieh, a freshly fried doughnut dipped in rose flavored syrup and dusted with powdered sugar is a must try. Compliment these sweet treats with Arabic coffee with or without cardamom.
The Food Festival will take place at Saint George Melkite Catholic Church, near UAB at 425 16th Avenue South. The hours of operation are 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The festival offers a convenient drive through service between the hours of 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Lunch orders of $100.00 or more can be delivered to the downtown area on Thursday and Friday. For takeout and delivery orders call 205-492-9621 or email email@example.com. Food also available via drive-through and walk-up with outdoor seating. Ordering ahead on line is greatly encouraged: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours of the Byzantine church will be conducted daily until 8 p.m. Ten percent of proceeds raised at the event will benefit local and diocesan charities.
As the Saint George parish looks to the future, Father Justin Rose says, “We will continue to be one of the lights of the faith here in Birmingham. To take our part in living the Gospel and sharing the beautiful way of life we have in the cultural fabric of the city.” For more information, visit www.saintgeorgeonline.org and follow the Festival event page on Facebook @St George 2021 Middle Eastern Food Festival, #stgeorgefest21. †