SAN FRANCISCO—The St. Gregory Armenian Food Festival Committee is pleased to announce the 55th Annual Armenian Bazaar & Food Festival, celebrating Armenian-American heritage, to be held September 14 through 16 at The Khachaturian Armenian Community Center in San Francisco.
Widely recognized as one of the most popular ethnic food festivals in the Bay Area, the committee estimates more than 10,000 attendees will partake in this year’s three-day event. “As we’ve done for over half a century, we’re once again excited and honored to share our Armenian-American heritage with the Bay Area community and welcome everyone to help celebrate our food, dance, music and art,” said Father Khoren Habeshian, Pastor of St. Gregory The Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church in San Francisco, which has hosted the festival annually since 1957.
There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival. Aside from a wide range of cultural activities, the festival promises even more variety for all ages. Guests will continue to enjoy the live music and folk dancing, professional dance ensembles, KidZone inflatables, carnival games, raffles, and the highly-anticipated Sunday Backgammon Tournament. Many vendors will be on hand to offer festival-goers a unique shopping experience at our own Vernissage Bazaar. A new addition to this year’s festival is the Beer & Wine Garden, with Happy Hour starting Friday at 6 p.m.
Beyond the famous and authentic Armenian beef & chicken kebabs, food enthusiasts should not miss this year’s extended menu, which includes Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine, sandwiches, spice-infused vegetarian dishes, and much more. Festival-goers can also stop by the “Food-To-Go” booth and order a variety of dishes, appetizers and pastries to take home — try the Sarma (stuffed grape leaves) or the Sou-Beoreg (a silky, lasagna-like cheese and parsley delicacy).
The festival will take place at The Khachaturian Armenian Community Center at 825 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, on Friday, September 14 (7 p.m. to midnight), Saturday, September 15 (Noon to Midnight), and Sunday, September 16 (Noon to 6 p.m.). Admission is $5 (Free for Kids 6 and under), Sunday is Free-Admission to all festival-goers. The facilities are indoor/outdoor, ADA-accessible, public transportation friendly, with ample free & valet parking.
St. Gregory The Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds directly aid programming for both the church and the KZV Armenian School – the only Armenian primary school in Northern California. For more information, please contact Archdeacon Sevag Badoyan at (415)751-9140 or visit www.stgregorysf.org.