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Central California Life Magazine

118th Annual Merchants' Lunch and Country Store

Ethnic Food Bazaar Welcomes the Harvest and Thanksgiving Seasons

The annual autumn food bazaar at California’s oldest Armenian Church will salute the founding of the first successful agricultural colony in Fresno County. The First Armenian Presbyterian Church of Fresno will hold its 2015 Merchants’ Lunch and Country Store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 12. The gathering will celebrate the 140th Anniversary of the Central California Colony, a 4,000-acre community of small farms settled by immigrants to the heartland of the Golden State. The harvest season gathering will take place at the Church Campus, 430 South First Street at Historic Huntington Boulevard, near Downtown Fresno. The event will feature lunch at $14 per person, with seasoned lulu kebab, rice pilaf, cheese boureg, garden salad, pickled tourshee, fresh peda bread, paklava, and beverage, among the offerings. Meals will be available to guests for dine-in, take-out, or drive through. Advance orders may be placed on or before November 9 by calling (559) 237-6638, faxing (559) 237-9526, or e-mailing The drive-through lane will be located on the Raisina Street side of the Church Campus, one block west of First Street between Huntington Boulevard and Balch Avenue.