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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Juliette Hanache
St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church of Las Vegas
702-616-6902

Annual Lebanese American Festival takes place Oct. 7, 8 &9, 2016 Ninth annual event hosted by St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church of Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – The St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church of Las Vegas will host its 9th annual Lebanese American Festival Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7, 8 &9, 2016.

The celebration of food, family and fun will be held on the Church'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 4-11 p.m. Oct. 7, from 2-11 p.m. Oct. 8, and from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 9.

There will be rides and games for the entire family, and United Blood Services will host a blood drive on Sunday October 9th from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, children under age 10 and active duty military & their family with ID free admission. All donated funds and proceeds will benefit St. Sharbel Church programs including a new school and community outreach program.

Preparations for this unique festival have already begun as the Church works together to bring this exciting event to the local Las Vegas community. “We have several volunteers from the Church who are working tirelessly to bring this great event together” says Father Nadim Abou Zeid, pastor of the Church. The food that will be served is all prepared from scratch, with one family already prepping over 3000 kibbee balls, a meat, cracked wheat and onion dish that is a traditional appetizer and favorite of many.

The week of the festival, the Church 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 Middle Eastern band, 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: shawarma sandwiches, kibbee, hummus, tabouleh and spinach pies. For dessert, the community can enjoy a variety of Middle Eastern sweets including baklawa. All donated funds and proceeds will benefit St. Sharbel Church programs including the school and community outreach program.

St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church is located at 10325 Rancho Destino Road, Las Vegas, NV. For more
information on this and other events at the Church, please call (702) 616-6902 or visit the festival website at
www.LAFLV.org.