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April 24, 2014

Lebanese Festival planned for two days

NORMAN — Food, music, dance, culture and traditional home-cooked Lebanese food once again comes together in Norman in the form of Middle Eastern hospitality.

The third annual Lebanese Heritage and Food Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 500 Alameda St.

The event has grown each year and this is the first time the festival will span two days. Saturday, the festival begins at 11 a.m. and will end at 8 p.m. Sunday, the community is invited to join parishioners for Mass at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The festival will continue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Authentic Lebanese cuisine will be served both days. The menu includes falafel, hummus, kebbeh, kafta, tabouli, stuffed grape leaves, chicken with traditional garlic sauce and baklava. To-go orders are welcome.

Each year at the festival, parishioners sponsor a bake sale featuring traditional Lebanese and American delicacies. There will be a children’s play area, arts and crafts, Lebanese souvenirs and gifts, Christian books and religious articles will be available at the festival. Raffle tickets for chances to win a cruise for two to the Bahamas will be availabe at the church or at the door the day of the festival. Other prizes include five $100 gift cards to La Baguette restaurant, a flat-screen TV and an iPad Mini.

As in years past, the Lebanese Student Association at OU will perform dabkeh — traditional dances from Lebanon. Additionally, the Lebanese Folk Dancers from Our Lady of Lebanon in Lewisville, Texas, will return to delight festival-goers. The Dazzlers modern dance troupe also will perform and there will be short 10-minute presentations titled “The Beauty of Lebanon” throughout the day.

Special guest, John Duncan, Ph.D., will give a talk at 5 p.m. Saturday about the humanitarian actor Danny Thomas who was born Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz.

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