Annual Lebanese American Festival takes place Oct. 1214

*Sixth annual event hosted by St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of
Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – The St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Las Vegas will
host its 6th annual Lebanese American Festival Friday through Sunday, Oct.
11-12-13

The celebration of food, family and fun will be held on the mission’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 5-11 p.m. Oct. 11,
from 1-11 p.m. Oct. 12, and from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 13.

There will be rides and games for the entire family, and United Blood
Services will host a blood drive on Saturday October 12th from 4pm-8pm
and Sunday
October 13th from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3, and children under age 10
get in free. All donated funds and proceeds will benefit St. Sharbel
Mission programs including a new school and community outreach program.

Preparations for this unique festival have already begun as the Mission
works together to bring this exciting event to the local Las Vegas
community. “We have several volunteers from the Mission who are working
tirelessly to bring this great event together”, says Father Nadim Abou
Zeid, pastor of the Mission.* The food that will be served is all prepared
from scratch, with one family already prepping over 2000 kibbee balls, a
meat, cracked wheat and onion dish that is a traditional appetizer and
favorite of many.*

The week of the festival, the Mission 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
Arabic bands, 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: shawerma sandwiches, kibbee,
hummus, tabouleh and spinach pies. For dessert, the community can enjoy a
variety of Arabic sweets including baklawa. All donated funds and proceeds
will benefit St. Sharbel Mission programs including a new school and
community outreach program.

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

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