Lebanese cookies called Ghyourabi are a favorite of bake sale shoppers. Preparing the delicate pastry are from left front to back: Butchie Farris and 

Julie Williams, and on the right from front to back: Andrea Williams, Jiselyn Williams, and Kh. Sharon Nasr.

OKLAHOMA CITY —  St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church is hosting its annual Food Festival celebrating Mediterranean food, culture and church history from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3 each day.  St. Elijah is located at 15000 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City.  

St. Elijah will again offer its ever popular a la carte menu in both dine-in and carryout and will feature Middle Eastern selections such as Ruz and Yahknee (Lebanese Rice Pilaf with Green Bean and Sirloin topping), Cabbage Rolls, Salata (Lebanese salad), Hummus (Garbanzo Bean dip), Kafta sandwiches, Chicken sandwiches, Talami (homemade Lebanese bread), Tabouli, Baklawa and so much more.   

“We are thrilled to open our church home and share a part of our rich, diverse cultural history with our friends and neighbors in Oklahoma City,” said Malek Massad, Co-chair of the event. “Our parishioners look forward to this event every year and start preparing months in advance with the anticipation of our faithful guests joining us year after year. We are blessed that people come from near and far to attend this event and we definitely won’t disappoint.”

In addition to the hot and ready food guests can dine on while at the festival, St. Elijah also offers The Culinary Cupboard which features some of the finest pastries, breads, cookies, cakes, pies and ethnic foods from around the world, made by the parishioners of St. Elijah. Guests can also find fresh made refrigerated and frozen items to savor for long after the festival ends.  

Beyond the delicious Mediterranean cuisine, guests are also invited to the Cultural Committee’s Hospitality room to learn about the diverse cultural history of St. Elijah and its parishioners representing such countries as Lebanon, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Armenia, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Ethiopia, Greece and Russia.  

St. Elijah also proudly welcomes guests to learn about their ancient faith, history, church architecture, and beautiful icons during guided tours of the church sanctuary given throughout each day. 

For more information about the St. Elijah Annual Food Festival, please visit Facebook at www.StElijahAnnualFoodFestival. For more information about St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, please visit