The 22nd annual Dayton Lebanese Festival will kick off this Friday, August 28th and is an event that you do not want to miss! The festival is happening Friday from 6 pm until 11 pm, Saturday from 11 am until 11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm at St Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church. This festival is rich in the Lebanese culture and heritage, including the famous tasty pastries. Even better news, it is free of charge!
Did you know that Lebanon is the oldest nation/country name in the world, existing for nearly 4,000 years? Another fun fact , one of the cities of Lebanon, Byblos, is the oldest existing city in the world. Also, there are no deserts in Lebanon, which makes this the only country that can make this claim in all of Asia and Africa. Come out to this great event to learn even more about this historical country.
The Festival will feature Middle Eastern dancing and entertainment, cultural displays, craft booths and amusement rides for all ages. Authentic hand-made Lebanese food will be available for sale including kibbee, kafta, beef and chicken shawarma (“Lebanese gyro”), tabouli and salata salads (Middle Eastern salads), stuffed grape leaves, hummus dip, homemade Middle Eastern mountain bread with zaatar seasoning, and fresh Lebanese pastries (e.g., baklawa, ghraybeh, nammoora). One particular note, grape leaves may have been the chosen attire of the gods, you can enjoy them for edible reasons as they are rich in vitamins and minerals!
This is the ‘end of summer’ festival season, so come out and support your community! The 22nd Annual Dayton Lebanese Festival has a lot to offer for the whole family. Heritage, food, and fun for all!