St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of the Desert held its 8 th annual Armenian Cultural Festival on the weekend of November 14th and 15th. This year ’s Festival was a wonderful success! With more than 3,000 people attending our Festival… we had the largest exposure and attendance in our 8 -year history of Festivals.
Many attendees commented on how they wait each year to attend our Festival and enjoy our delicious foods and culture. As we continue to improve on each Festival experience, we can hope to become a household name in the community.
At this year ’s Festival we had several interesting and inviting Vendors that provided an opportunity for people to purchase items of jewelry, nuts and candies, honey, cake pops, and more! The children ’s area was expanded to include a fun bounce house and face painting for kids to enjoy. The Ani Dance Ensemble entertained the guests with their traditional and beautiful costumes and Armenian dancing. While in between dance performances, guests could enjoy dancing to the Armenian music provided by DJ Rex and Aram Lampajian, while also enjoying the beautiful voice of Samuel Samuelian.
Our Festival Raffle was also very successful this year. The grand prize of a beautiful gold bracelet with multi -colored precious and semi -precious stones was generously donated by Garo & Jacci Tutunjian from Smoke Tree Jewelers. They also donated a beautiful gold and sapphire cross and amethyst pendant. Other prizes were an iPad Mini, Flat Screen television, Armenian brandy, and other jewelry pieces. In addition to our general raffle, we added a second raffle opportunity this year. Our 60/40 raffle was well received and very successful. Together, the raffles contributed nicely to the Festival income this year.
Everyone who attended this year ’s Festival also enjoyed our traditional Armenian foods. The food lines were busy all day! We would like to thank the many volunteers who helped to prepare and serve food during the two -day Festival. It takes a considerable amount of planning, energy and expense to produce a successful Festival. The Festival Committee, along with the many volunteers, works very hard towards organizing and implementing the festival each year.
Each year, our Armenian Cultural Festival helps to raise awareness of our Armenian heritage here in the desert. We are able to share some of our traditions, music, dance, artwork, and of course, our delicious specialty foods, with the community.
The Parish Council and Armenian Festival Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank our many Sponsors for their support of this year ’s Armenian Cultural Festival. Because of their generous contributions, along with the overwhelming food sales, this year ’s Festival was the most successful and profitable Festival in our eight -year history of Festivals.
Thank you… See you at next year ’s Festival!