The Ottawa Lebanese Festival returns for its 20th year of fabulous food, special celebrations, hot musical entertainment, and plenty of family fun. This year’s edition of the festival runs from Wednesday, July 21st to Sunday, July 25th on the grounds of St. Elias Cathedral and Banquet Center.
The Gabriel Pizza Family Midway is open every day with plenty of rides and games for the children and young at heart. At the KS on the Keys Marketplace, you can magically travel to the Middle East with a tour of the Seven Wonders of Lebanon; enjoy our famous “sage” bread, delicious sweets and a beautiful display of genuine Lebanese crafts.
Indulge your appetites with traditional Lebanese cuisine in the Tannis Food Tent. Many of your favourite authentic Middle Eastern dishes will be available, including Hummus appetizers, delicious Beef & Chicken Shawarmas, Falafel, Kafta, Tabouleh and Lebanon’s legendary combination and vegetarian platters.
The Scotiabank Main Stage presents time-honoured Lebanese music, dancers and entertainment that will captivate your senses. Nightly dance lessons by the Al Arz Dance Group will warm you up and inspire you to dance the evening away. The official opening ceremony on Wednesday begins at 8:30PM with special musical guest, Karl Wolf also performing that evening.
Afterwards, be sure to relax and unwind in the KS in the Keys Beirut Lounge - a traditional Lebanese Argily (Shisha) tent with live nightly entertainment.
The Lebanese Festival is open from 4PM to 11PM Wednesday to Friday and 11AM to 11PM Saturday and Sunday. Admission on Wednesday night is $5 with the remainder of the week only $2. The festival entry is FREE until 4PM on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking is available at near by Canada Post with complimentary shuttle service available courtesy of Blue Line Taxi.
Over the past 19 years of the festival, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been awarded to numerous charities and organizations. This year, the festival is pleased to be locally partnered with Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Elizabeth Bruyere Centre. The festival is just one example of the strong ties the Lebanese community has to the Ottawa area.
The Ottawa Lebanese Festival is a non-profit, community based, cultural event that began in 1990. Each year this event attracts thousands of Ottawa residents. The festival is organized by the many hard working volunteers from the St. Elias Cathedral, located at Riverside at Ridgewood, directly across from Mooney’s Bay.
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