The 8th Annual Egyptian Festival of San José and Silicon Valley is here! September 16 – 18, 2016 at 395 W. Rincon Ave. in Campbell, CA. As always, the festival is hosted by St. George and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church, the only Egyptian Christian church in the South Bay, and the only church featuring Coptic architecture in Northern California.
Festival hours are 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday, 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
First let’s talk about the best part: the food!
Our Egyptian Kitchen features traditional specialties such as kofta and chicken kabobs.
The Egyptian Kitchen also features homemade items that are hard to find in restaurants, like stuffed grape leaves with rice and meat, as well as macarona bechamel, a decadent pasta plate that combines French, Greek, and Egyptian influences. This year we are bringing you kibdah iskandarani (beef liver sandwiches), a real treat for your taste buds!
Did you know that Coptic (Egyptian) Christians are vegan (or pescavegan) more than half the year? We fast from most animal products about 210 days out of 365, and when we’re siyam (fasting), we love falafel sandwiches, koshari, and ful mudammas, a working man’s dish made from mashed fava beans that is often eaten for breakfast and lunch in Cairo.
After dinner, stop by the cafe to enjoy sweet desserts. There’s something for everyone: baklava, basboosa, konafa, and loukoumades. Try our delicious roz bi laban (rice pudding) guaranteed to put a smile on your face! And not to forget our wonderful selection of hot and cold drinks: karkadai (hibiscus tea), tamarind, mango and guava juice, tea with mint and Turkish coffee.
On to the entertainment!
There’s something for everyone at the 2016 Egyptian Festival.
Events and activities are to be announced, so stay tuned.
What about the kids? They’ll have a blast at the…
Your kids will love our Egyptian-themed carnival games and prizes. We have some fun games for toddlers (ages 2 to 4), like “Treasure of the Nile,” “Pick a Croc,” as well as games for kids of all ages, like “King Tut Bean Bag Toss.”
Walking through our bazaar (or “souk” in Arabic) is like shopping in the streets of Cairo for a day. The highlights might be our traditional Egyptian clothing, souvenirs from the best sites in Egypt, and custom made t-shirts. Or they might be our expansive set of Coptic (Egyptian Christian) goods, like crosses, icons, headscarves, and books.
Come see our beautiful new sanctuary–the only church in Northern California featuring Coptic architecture–and stay for a presentation on The Five Senses in the Coptic Church, a sensory exploration of the rites and rituals of our church. You can also attend an Icon Writing or Hymnology class, as well as watch a reel about life in Egypt while enjoying your lunch or dinner.
More details to follow: Fancy driving a new car? Make sure to get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2016 VW Jetta!
Directions and Parking
Our festival is at 395 W. Rincon Ave. in Campbell, CA. It’s the site of the only church featuring Coptic architecture in Northern California.
Driving? You can park Rincon or one of the numerous surrounding side streets. We also have two satellite lots at 95 Dot Ave. and 400 W. Campbell Ave.
Biking? We’re less than a mile from Los Gatos Creek Trail, and we have a place to lock your bike for your security. And Rincon Ave. is right on the San Tomas Expressway bike overpass, coming from the west.
Taking public transportation? We’re less than a mile from the Winchester Transit Station, which has a number of buses as well as light rail.