A three-day festival will offer a rich sampling of Lebanese traditions including authentic Lebanese food made from the finest Michigan produce and ingredients. Freshly made Middle Eastern dishes and traditional entrees, from the flavorful hummus to chicken kabobs to fresh salads and sweet baklava will be served for lunch and dinner.
"This festival is a celebration of culture. We are so excited to share our traditions and food with the community. Kibbee, tabouli, chicken shawarma, shish tawook, hummus, falafel: you name it, we've got it," says festival chairman George Habbouche.
The festival features entertainment by popular American and Lebanese performers and disc jockeys providing an energetic venue for music and dance. A Vendor and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, 11am-6pm and Sunday, 12pm-6pm, and will host local artists, crafters, and fashion and make-up expos.
"This festival means everything for our church. Watching months of planning turn into a big event means a lot," says Michelle Makhoul, one of the event organizers.
Visitors will also enjoy fun-filled family activities including face painting, moonwalks, and bouncy houses, performances by local Dabkeh Dance Troupes, a Euchre tournament, and raffles including cash prizes and several other prizes.
For the second time in festival history, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local non- profit organization, Child Safe. Contributions will support Child Safe Michigan, which ensures that the abused, neglected and at-risk children that they serve in southeastern Michigan continue to have the safety and protection they need in order to live the happy and healthy lives they deserve.
On Sunday at 12:30 p.m., the Church will join Child Safe for its signature Balloon Ceremony. Hundreds of balloons will be launched, each carrying an inspirational, heartfelt message.
The festival is from 5 -11 p.m. on Friday, September 6; noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 7; and noon to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church (31601 Schoenherr Road, Warren, MI). For more information call (586) 826-9688 or visit stsharbelwarren.com.