If you are a fan of shish kebab, kufteh and wrapped grape leaves, then you don't want to miss the annual Fresno Armenian Food Fest on Saturday.
The daylong event features homemade Armenian food, a bazaar, dancing and a farmers market. Held at the Armenian Community Center in downtown Fresno, 2348 Ventura St., the event is a celebration of everything Armenian, especially the food.
Volunteers have been busy for weeks preparing the dishes that are made from scratch, said Raffi Chekerdemian, one of the organizers.
"We have great food that is very traditional and very popular," he says. "We have really amazing volunteers who made all this delicious food."
Among the event favorites will be grape molasses foam, called prpoor, fresh-baked lavash bread and stuffed grapes or yalanchi. The carefully wrapped young grape leaves are stuffed with rice, vegetables and spices. Also on the menu will be burek, a puff pastry filled with spinach or cheese, and kufteh, tender meatballs.
One of Chekerdemian's favorites is the marinated beef. The meat is cut into small cubes and seasoned with salt, pepper, red pepper, paprika, olive oil and onions.
"It is delicious," he says.
The Armenian Food Fest is from 10 a.m. to midnight and admission is $3. For more information, visit fresnoarmenianfest.com.
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