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Arts & Culture

Taking A Great Big Bite Of Lebanese Culture

An upcoming festival provides a tasty at a place you might never have been.  It's one of the few places you can go where you'll see the Lebanese and U.S. flags flying side by side.

At the end of the month Father Charles Khachan, the pastor of St. George Maronite Church, and his parishioners are putting on their annual Lebanese Food Festival.

"It's a show of culture, through food, music, dance, Lebanese wine and Lebanese beer," Khachan says.

They've been doing it for nine years now on the spacious northwest side church grounds.

"If there is rain, we're going on with the festival. It's indoor/outdoor, so if it rains we will be inside the whole time. We have plenty of parking, accessible."

Getting to know most any culture is best done through their foods and the church is offering plenty to help you get to know their culture.

"Falafal, Shish kabob, chicken kabob, grape leaves that we stuff with rice and with meat," he says.

Music and dance round out the Lebanese Food Festival.

"We have a live band. A Lebanese singer that will be performing throughout the weekend.

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"We have also the Lebanese dancers. There is a move for each beat in the music."

The three-day festival is a window to a part of the world few of us will get to travel.  

"It's on Friday, Oct. 28th, Saturday Oct.r 29th and Sunday Oct. 30th. We're showing our culture, we're sharing our culture with the San Antonio Community"

Find more on the Lebanese Food Festival here