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Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar

"We only get this once a year," said the fellow at the next table, playing the part of a favorite uncle at a family dinner.

He was speaking more in gratitude than in complaint about the Armenian home cooking, prepared and served by a dozen or so ladies who bustled about the church kitchen. Pictured above and, in most cases, below: kufté ($3.75), a "meatball" of onion, parsley, peppers, and lamb in a lamb-and-bulghur shell; the meat-topped Levantine flatbread lahmajoon ($2); eech ($2), a chopped salad featuring bulghur, tomato, and scallion, a cousin to Middle Eastern tabouleh; a boreg ($2) made of flaky filo and filled with warm salty cheese; and keshkeg, also known as herisah, a thick soup often made with whole wheat kernels. This keshkeg featured barley and, I believe, little bits of lamb.

Also shown below: a khavourma dinner ($18), named for those slabs of fork-tender braised beef, with a wedge of bread (dunked in some cookpot or other), baked quince (firmer and less fruity than apple), and noodle-ribboned burghur pilaf (in butter, butter, and more butter). At bottom, three desserts (about $2 each) with similar flavor profiles but different textures: bourma, baklava, and khadayif.

Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar
318 27th St. (at Bergenline Ave.), Union City, New Jersey
Late October/early November (the 2012 food festival was held October 27)

Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar
Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar
Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar
Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar
Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar
Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar
Holy Cross Armenian Church food festival and bazaar

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