— With the smell of chicken shish tawook filling the air, the Our Lady of Lebanon Mid-East Festival provided attendees with two days full of good food, music and fun.
The two-day event, held at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 4133 Calkins Rd., featured belly dancing performances and lessons by belly dancer Johara, dabke performances, a comedian, a raffle drawing and a live band. The Lebanese American Club of Michigan also had members performing traditional group dances in traditional attire.
Those who attended the festival hungry were invited to sample a wide range of Lebanese cuisine, such as kibbee balls, hummus dip, stuffed grape leaves, labneh sandwiches, baklawa and baked macaroons.
In addition to the food and music, the festival also gave the church a chance to educate the public on its culture and religion. Both days featured church tours and cooking demonstrations, and an information area was present with displays and a pictorial listing of famous Lebanese individuals.