By Ingrid Howard
St. Elias Maronite Church will host its 21st annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival on April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The event will feature thousands of plates of food served and delivered, hourly church tours, traditional dance performances by the youth of the parish, live music and a silent auction. On April 27, there will also be a 5K run at 8 a.m. and a one-mile fun run at 9 a.m. benefiting The Exceptional Foundation.
Since the festival’s beginning, more than $509,000 has been given to local and national charities.
Lebanese delicacies offered during the two-day festival include baked kibbee, rolled grape leaves, spinach pies, kibbee and falafel sandwiches, tabouleh, grilled Lebanese lemon chicken, loobia, rice, homus and pita bread.
Desserts include a variety of baklawa, kaak (Lebanese sugar cookies) and Lebanese ice cream.
The silent auction will feature catered Lebanese dinners, vacation packages, collector items, gift certificates to restaurants and events in the Birmingham area and more. The silent auction will close at 8 p.m. April 27.
Admission and parking for the event are free, and food prices will start at $3.
For more information, visit stelias.org.