Just say, “YUM!” The Ottawa Lebanese Festival is on! Celebrating its 24th year in the region, it showcases the rich diversity of the Ottawa-Lebanese community with five days of marvelous food, Middle Eastern entertainment and heritage. Running through July 21 on the grounds of the St. Elias Cathedral, this annual summer treat features a variety of savoury goods and Lebanese culture.
- Authentically made fresh and always enjoyed, the Lebanese cuisine prepared on-site is easily available throughout the grounds.
- At The Tannis Food Tent, you can sample falefel, hummus, tabouli and chicken shawarma. Also available are Middle Eastern platters, including vegetarian selections.
- The Skaff Real Estate Group Market Place offers the popular “saj” bread, prepared in front of your eyes. There are also desserts and coffee you can enjoy while cruising the display of genuine Lebanese crafts, history and artwork.
- The KS on the Keys Beirut Lounge is a place to relax and unwind with friends. It offers a new full menu that includes beef kabobs, fattouch salad, and kafta, as well as the traditional Lebanese argily (shisha) and live nightly entertainment.
- The Ottawa Lebanese Festival welcomes patrons to experience amazing Lebanese entertainment and fun scheduled over the five days.
- The Millennium Limousine Main Stage presents various artists as they perform contemporary and established music, dances and entertainment. A full schedule is available on the festival website and Facebook page.
- The Gabriel Pizza Family Midway is open every day with plenty of rides and games for children, as well as the young at heart.
For details, see ottawalebanesefestival.com.