A diaspora’s cuisine

Illustration by Serene Lusano

In 1915, Armenians were systematically killed by the Ottoman government in Turkey. But Armenian culture—and food—lives on, including in Sacramento. According to organizers of the 69th annual Sacramento Armenian Food Festival, Armenians first arrived in Sacramento in 1919 and now there are roughly 15,000 Armenian-Americans in the region. Celebrating with eating, dancing and singing on Saturday, October 22, at Trinity Cathedral (2620 Capitol Avenue). Entrance is free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., which is when the circle dancing will ensue. While there, feast on kebabs, lamb shanks, Armenian pizza, stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh salad and a variety of desserts. Some dishes will show the influence of where Armenian communities resettled, such as Persia and Lebanon. And with most items costing less than $10, you can bet on tasting an assortment. Learn more at www.stjamessacramento.org/