St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church is sponsoring their 19th annual Dayton Lebanese Festival this weekend. The church is located at 5915 Springboro Pike, across the street and slightly south of the Meijer grocery store at 741 and Alex-Bell. The festival features authentic Middle-Eastern food and pastries and traditional dancing.
A full menu of locally-prepared, authentic handmade Lebanese foods: kibbee, kafta, marinated garlic chicken, falafel, shawarma (‘Lebanese gyro’), tabouli, stuffed grape leaves, hummus dip, and a wonderful array of freshly made Lebanese pastries and the amazing homemade Middle-Eastern mountain bread!
A selection of Middle-Eastern gifts are available, including ladies hip scarves (including many children's sizes), cultural displays (learn about Lebanon and Lebanese history) and a number of arts and crafts vendor booths. Imported Lebanese beer and wine is available, as well as amusement rides and games for all ages.
Tomorrow morning (Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013) at 10:00 a.m. there will be a Maronite-Rite, Eastern Catholic Mass celebrated in English, Arabic and Aramaic-Syriac language (the language spoken by Jesus Christ and including one of the oldest Eucharistic prayers in the Catholic Church). All are welcome to attend.
The festival is open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; admission is free, parking is free, and all activities are conducted under several tents. Come learn about Lebanon and enjoy the hospitality of Dayton's Lebanese and Middle-Eastern community at this year's Dayton Lebanese Festival!
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