By Betsy Natter

Our country is privileged to host a melting pot of cultural customs and flavors among the makeup of our people. Yet while most of us enjoy can enjoy pizza from the shop around the corner, sushi from the display at the grocery store or dumplings when it’s time for take-out, some other ethnic dishes may not be as easily available. However, the members of St. Philip Orthodox Church are giving their community an opportunity to experience a variety of unique ethnic dishes at their 6th annual International Food Festival.

The festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16 from noon until 8 pm both days. A variety of food from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Romania, Russia, Greece and Lebanon will be available for purchase. Try dishes such as Mici, Romanian meat rolls with grilled beef, lamb, garlic and savory spices or Zelzil Tebis, savory filet mignon pan roasted and served with Ethiopian lentil stew. More familiar options include gyros, falafel, kabobs, spanakopita, stuffed cabbage or even American BBQ ribs. Sweet endings are available as well with a variety of dessert selections. A separate tent will offer hand-brewed coffee from the ancient lands of Eritrea & Ethiopia.

St Philip church will also be open for tours where you can learn about the various icons and art throughout the building. A children’s activity guide depicting flags from the countries represented at the festival, puzzles, and language phrases is also available. Enjoy a concert by the choir, browse the gift bazaar or stop by the bookstore to round out your visit.

St. Philip Orthodox Church is located at 1970 Clearview Rd. in Souderton PA, 18964. For more information call (215) 721-4947 or visit the church website at

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