Sunday, July 22, 2018

Since the 1930s, the Armenian community of Milwaukee has gathered every summer for a picnic featuring traditional Mediterranean dishes made from old family recipes. This family picnic has grown into Armenian Fest, an increasingly popular attraction for Milwaukee festivalgoers seeking alternatives to hamburgers and bratwurst.

Armenian cuisine has many similarities to the cooking of Greece and other Eastern Mediterranean nations, but includes a number of unique dishes and often draws from a different array of spices and seasonings than the recipes of its neighbors.

At next year’s Milwaukee Armenian Fest, held rain or shine 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, July 22, on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Armenian Orthodox Church, 7825 W. Layton Ave., the menu will include chicken and beef kebob, cheese and spinach burek, lamajoun (a pizza-like meat dish served on thin tortilla dough), humus (a dip made of chick peas), tabouleh (a green salad without lettuce), choreg (bread sticks), vegetarian and meat sarma (stuffed grape leaves) and a mouthwatering array of baklava and other traditional pastries.

Armenian wine will be served, along with beer and soft drinks.

In addition to food, Armenian Fest offers a cultural booth selling books and artifacts relating to Armenia, a nation that already existed at the time of the Mesopotamians and has outlasted many of its larger, more powerful neighbors. There will also be live Armenian music. Admission is free.

Media contact: Lyle Dadian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please do not contact us for the following reasons as we do not rent (nor we provide it for free) booths to vendors, authors, artists, entertainers, various organizations (Armenian or otherwise) etc.