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Middle East Festival in Flint Township promises culture, food and music

FLINT TWP, MI – A Middle Eastern festival featuring Lebanese music, food, belly dancing and singing is scheduled for this weekend in Genesee County.

Our Lady of Lebanon, a Maronite Catholic church in Flint Township, is hosting the Mid-East Festival from Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14.

The goal of the festival is to share Middle Eastern culture, beliefs and traditions with the broader community of the church at 4133 Calkins Road.

Father Pierre Bassil, parish priest of Our Lady of Lebanon, stressed the importance of introducing the parish to Middle Eastern culture.

The event will showcase diverse cultural backgrounds, including Palestinian, Chaldean and Syrian influences.

The festival, which has free admission, will take place on Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th from noon to midnight and on Sunday, July 14th from noon to 6 p.m.

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Highlights of the festival include fireworks displays presented by Medawar Jewelers on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as belly dance and dabke performances and church tours.

Festival-goers can enjoy a variety of Middle Eastern dishes, including chicken and beef shawarma, lamb kebab, stuffed vine leaves, tabbouleh, hummus, baklava and namoora.

The festival is celebrating its 15th year. Find more information here.