FALL RIVER — Try the mouthwatering Lebanese Mafrajan from St. Anthony of the Desert Church.
After scaling back last year, the Food Festival is back in full swing, taking place over three days starting Friday, August 26, at the church at 300 Northeast Avenue.
The menu includes beef and chicken shish kebabs, baked raw kibbeh, vine leaves, falafel sandwiches, tabbouleh, hummus, baba ganoush and shawarma.
For those who may have shy palates, including children, Root said it also sells hot dogs.
“And we have all kinds of sweets this year,” Root said.
Among the desserts on offer are walnut baklava, pistachio bird’s nest, Grave (butter cookie) and Minamimura (wheat cake).
“And we have Ashtaris cream-filled phyllo drizzled with simple syrup and garnished with strawberries. It’s a nice refreshing dessert,” Root said.
Food can be ordered for eat-in or take-out.
There is also a full bar serving Lebanese wine and beer.
There will also be a raffle at this year’s festival, according to a Facebook event post.
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Entertainment includes Arabic and American music by DJs, including Mitchell Kaltsunas on Fridays and Saturdays.
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The Khoury Girls will also be performing at this year’s festival. Daughters of Thomas Corey, former member of the Fall River School Board and long-time Durfee educator, their family are parishioners of St. Anthony of Her.
“They are very talented young women,” said Root.
This year’s festival will also include activities for children.
“Everyone always has a good time at festivals,” Root said.
Rain or shine, the festival is held under tents.
- Friday, August 26, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
- Saturday, August 27, noon to 11:00 p.m.
- Sunday, August 28, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Admission and parking are free, and the menu is extensive.
For more information about Marajan, please visit St. Anthony of the Desert Church’s Facebook page, website https://sao.church or call the Parsonage at 508-672-7653.
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