Join us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our second annual St. Symeon Food and Culture Fair!
The St. Symeon Food and Culture Fair is our way of sharing our multi-ethnic community with the city of Birmingham and surrounding areas. Come visit our new church building, learn about the iconographic murals being painted in the church, as well as the landmark tile mosaic icon overlooking Clairmont Avenue. While visiting, enjoy a presentation by our internationally acclaimed choir and don’t forget to shop at our one-day-only multi-ethnic marketplace.
The four market stalls are: The Slavic Tea Room, The Balkan Bakery, Cafe Europa, and Southern Sweets and Savories. The Slavic Tea Room will feature Slavic specialties including Russian tea, Ukrainian piroshki (fruit-filled, fried buns), jam-filled blini, and a variety of cookies. The Balkan Bakery will offer Greek, Bulgarian and Turkish specialties such as Turkish coffee made to order, Greek Easter bread, and Bulgarian banitsa. Parishioners representing European countries from Norway to Italy and Ireland to Latvia are teamed up to offer treats in Cafe Europa, including Madeleines (small French cakes), pizzelles (Italian waffle cookies), Norwegian cardamom buns, shortbread, and chocolate confections. Southern Sweets and Savories will offer specialties of the American South, including pound cake, peach cobblers, bread pudding, caramel apples, boiled peanuts, and hot mustard.
The marketplace will also feature books, CDs, and gifts through the church bookstore.
New this year will be the outdoor Opa! Kabana, where you can get made-to-order loukoumades (fried Greek honey putts) drenched in honey syrup, powdered sugar, or chocolate.
Self-guided and host-facilitated church tours will be ongoing throughout the Food and Culture Fair. Also inside the church, apprentice iconographer Georgia Briggs, along with graphic designer Andrew Ritchey (of the Orthodox Design Company), will present "Icon Reading 101," a talk explaining how to understand many of the symbols and conventions used in iconography. At at 1 p.m., Protodeacon Ephraim Rivers will give a talk inside the church on the subject, “What is Iconography?” Please join Father Deacon Ephraim for this opportunity to learn about the icons that fill our church, church grounds, and homes. Our church choir will give a concert at 11 a.m. titled "The Year of Our Lord," featuring favorite hymns from throughout the liturgical year. And at 2 p.m., our Prosomia Orthodox Ensemble will present "Praise the Lord, All Nations," featuring Orthodox hymnody from around the world in multiple languages. You will not want to miss these opportunities to hear our choir, which is one of the best-loved Orthodox choirs in America and has fans around the world!
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The Food & Culture Fair will be a Snapchat Geofilter Zone, and we’d love for you to share photos from the fair social media. Our hashtag is #stsymeonfair19. You can find our press release HERE!
Come, Taste & See!