The 25th annual Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival is this weekend. Summer can’t end in Dayton until this event has been crossed off the calendar for another year.
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The Dayton Lebanese Festival in Miami Twp. featured authentic Middle-Eastern food and pastries, traditional and belly dancing on Sunday, Aug. 30.
Photo: Jim witmer
The three-day event, held at St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church at 5915 Springboro Pike, features rides, music and dancing galore, and typically draws more than 10,000 visitors each year.
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But let’s talk about the food.
Will Thomas grilling Kafta and Danny Slilaty grilling chicken for Shawarma sandwiches at the Dayton Lebanese Festival. (Submitted by the Dayton Lebanese Festival)
Delicious Lebanese foods like Kibbee, Kafta, tabbouli, kabob, stuffed grape leaves, and beef and chicken Shawarma (similar to a gyro) are all hand prepared on site. But you must try the hummus dip, which is homemade, along with mountain bread and zhatar seasoning.>> Sit, Shop, Sip and Stroll at Oregon District’s District Day this weekend
Will Thomas grilling Kafta for the Dayton Lebanese Festival. (Submitted by the Dayton Lebanese Festival)
No dessert? No chance. Fresh Middle Eastern pastries are also promised to make your taste buds sing and your belly dance.
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Hip scarves jangle at dancers perform at the 15th annual Lebanese Festival held at RiverScape in downtown Dayton Saturday Aug. 23. The event, which continues Sunday, features food, music and authentic Middle Eastern traditional dancing.
Photo: Staff photo by Lisa Powell
Lebanese clothing will be available for purchase, with artifacts also on display.
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A traditional Catholic Mass will take place Sunday at 10 a.m. The liturgy includes the ancient Eucharistic prayer in Aramaic.
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Admission and parking at the event are free.
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Want to go?
WHAT: Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival
WHERE: 5915 Springboro Pike, Miami Twp.
WHEN: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26
INFO: Call 937-428-0372 | Website