By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher
Birmingham, AL, September 15, 2021 –(PR.com)– The St. Symeon Food and Culture Fair returns this October 9 from 9-3 with an outdoor marketplace featuring baked goods, gifts and hot food items such as Greek donuts and homemade pierogi, as well as church tours, a choir concert, and a lecture about iconography. Last year, we couldn’t host our food-and-culture fair. However, we did have some drive-in pop-up sales that offered hot food items and they were so popular, we’re including them at this year’s fair.” said Niki May, event chairperson. “Last autumn, we spent many days making pierogi, which is a Slavic potato dumpling with cheese and onions. Those all sold out in our pop up sales so we’re getting ready to spend quality time again making at least a thousand pierogi.” May said.
Guests to this year’s food & culture fair will also be able to find custom loukoumades (or fried Greek honeypuffs) in a variety flavors. For a hearty lunch, the event will feature sausage roll sandwiches. There will also be hot food and an open-air market with homemade baked goods, gifts, and other items. The congregation converted the church fellowship hall into an open-air marketplace that reflected the diverse ethnic backgrounds of its members. May said, “This year, we’re moving the marketplace outdoors, and the four market stalls will be offering their most popular products in an open-air setting.”
“At St. Symeon, we love to bake and cook,” May said, “but our parish is really known for our choir.” The St. Symeon Orthodox Church Choir has recorded several albums and its work is in regular rotation on Ancient Faith Radio. The choir will present a concert at 11 a.m. titled, “The Psalms: Songbook of the Church.”
“We chant and sing Psalms at every divine service,” explained Fr. Alexander Fecanin is the church rector of St. Symeon. The priest said that the concert would give guests an insight into how we pray in the Orthodox Church.
The church, which was built in 2014 and features floor-to-ceiling icon murals painted in traditional Byzantine style, will be open for tours throughout the fair. At 1 p.m., Protodeacon Ephraim Rivers will present “What is Iconography?,” a talk explaining the ancient Christian tradition of sacred art and the role of icons in Orthodox Christianity.
St. Symeon Orthodox Church is located at 3101 Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham. It is part of the Orthodox Church of America and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Regular weekly services include Great Vespers on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and the Divine Liturgy on Sundays at 10 a.m. A full schedule of services is available at StSymeon.com. English is spoken and visitors are welcomed.
St. Symeon Orthodox Church
Loukoumades made to order
Parishioners make loukoumades, or fried Greek honey puffs, for guests at St. Symeon Orthodox Church. Loukoumades, or fried Greek honey puffs, will be on sale at the St. Symeon Food and Culture Fair October 9.
Ready for Lunch
Families at St. Symeon make and sell homemade pierogi (Slavic potato cheese dumplings) as well as loukoumades (fried Greek honey puffs) and hoagie rolls stuffed with kielbasa and sauerkraut for the St. Symeon Food and Culture Fair October 9. There are many baked goods available.
St. Symeon Orthodox Church
St. Symeon Orthodox Church is located at 3101 Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham, Ala., and will be hosting its third annual Food and Culture Fair October 9 from 9-3 featuring a choir concert at 11, iconography talk at 1, and hot food as well as baked goods and gifts throughout the event.
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