This year marked the final Middle Eastern Festival located at 40th and Sherman. Next year, the church will be in a large new facility in Fishers:
This was a bit bittersweet for me, as I had a great time as always, but it might also be the last time my family and I attend. I have been a regular at this event since I first discovered it about 7-8 years ago. Many people might not be familiar with this church, but there has been a Middle Eastern Orthodox congregation in Indianapolis since 1926. The original church is pictured here:
The interior is swimming with stained glass, which will thankfully make the move with them to Fishers:
Of course no festival is complete without the food. I usually order the kafta kebab, which is minced lamb served with onions, parsley, and tomatoes in a fresh wrap:
Finally, there is the dancing, which starts early and lasts for most of the night. My daughter is about to join the kids on stage here:
I will miss this festival in the city dearly, as I’ve found nothing that really compares to it. It is a sign of the times as the suburbs begin to diversify. I hope that the charter school that replaces this church can also be a long-term asset to the community. They probably won’t serve delicious kafta kebobs, but our city needs great schools too.