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Contact: Juliette Hanache
St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Las Vegas
702-616-6902 or 702-285-3533
Annual Lebanese American Festival takes place Oct. 11-12-13
Sixth annual event hosted by St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – The St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Las Vegas will host its 6th annual Lebanese American Festival Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-12-13
The celebration of food, family and fun will be held on the mission’s grounds – located at 10325 Rancho Destino Road in Las Vegas – and will feature authentic Lebanese food, desserts and beverages as well as live musical entertainment. The event will take place from 5-11 p.m. Oct. 11, from 1-11 p.m. Oct. 12, and from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 13.
There will be rides and games for the entire family, and United Blood Services will host a blood drive on Saturday October 12th from 4pm-8pm and Sunday October 13th from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3, and children under age 10 get in free. All donated funds and proceeds will benefit St. Sharbel Mission programs including a new school and community outreach program.
Preparations for this unique festival have already begun as the Mission works together to bring this exciting event to the local Las Vegas community. “We have several volunteers from the Mission who are working tirelessly to bring this great event together”, says Father Nadim Abou Zeid, pastor of the Mission. The food that will be served is all prepared from scratch, with one family already prepping over 2000 kibbee balls, a meat, cracked wheat and onion dish that is a traditional appetizer and favorite of many.
The week of the festival, the Mission invites all media outlets to visit and see first-hand the preparations that go into a festival. Father Nadim Abou Zeid and Juliette Hanache, spokesperson for the festival, will also be available for interviews.
About the Festival
The Lebanese American Festival is a fun, low-cost event unlike any other festival in the area
Church tours and displays will showcase the rich history and tradition of the Maronite Catholic faith, which originated in Lebanon, during the three day event. Additional planned activities include traditional dancing, live Arabic bands, belly dance performances and lessons, kids’ activities and of course, lots of homemade Middle Eastern food. Some of the delicacies that will be offered during the festival include: shawerma sandwiches, kibbee, hummus, tabouleh and spinach pies. For dessert, the community can enjoy a variety of Arabic sweets including baklawa. All donated funds and proceeds will benefit St. Sharbel Mission programs including a new school and community outreach program.
St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission is located at 10325 Rancho Destino Road, Las Vegas, NV. For more information on this and other events at the mission, please call (702) 616-6902 or visit the festival website at www.LebaneseAmericanFestivalLV.org.