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Mediterranean Food Festival

In early September of every year, The Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Redeemer organizes a Mediterranean Food Festival. This is a special event that allows the church to welcome visitors, show them some of the Mediterranean country tranditions and have them experience the culture of the people that sustained the existence of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the land of Antioch since the creation of the Ancient Church. You will find these traditions in the variety of food that you taste, such as authentic Shawarma or the desserts, the music you listen to, the traditional dances by the youth groups that you see performed live or an Orthodox Divine Liturgy that you can attend.

In addition to welcoming newcomers, the festival is a great opportunity for the parishioners to assert their dedication to the church through their time, commitment and effort to make the festival happen. The festival is completely prepared for and run by volunteers from the parish itself. Through their dedication and love for the community that shares the values of Christ, the labors of those who volunteer are transformed into joy that radiates to other individuals and to their entire families. The benefits of the festival support The Church of the Redeemer in its mission to serve the local community and proclaim the message of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Festival occurs on Saturday and Sunday. Its a fun event for the whole family. People usually plan to be there for a big part of the day. And many of them come again on Sunday after they have enjoyed their time on Saturday. If interested to learn more about the Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Church of the Redeemer in particular, you can always find Father Samer there and accompany him on a church tour. Church tour timings are announced prior to the event and are a great opportunity to learn about the Church of Antioch and ask questions to an Orthodox Priest. You can hang out with the parishioners if you like or plan to meet your relatives and friends in a Mediterranean atmosphere. There is an area dedicated to the kids so they are sure to enjoy their time as well. If you stay late in the evening on Saturday you can see the highlight of the day with live entertainment. And if you come in the morning on Sunday you can attend the church service before having lunch and enjoying the rest of your day at the festival.