Middle Eastern Food Festival - Hafli
Date(s) - 09/03/2022
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church will host its 29th annual Middle Eastern Food Festival on Sept. 3 & 4. Event will be held on the church grounds — 8501 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA. The Festival will feature authentic Middle Eastern food, pastries, music & dancing, as well as vendors, church tours, and activities for both children and adults.
Join in the fun from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 and 12:30 – 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4. Smell the aromas from the outdoor grills, partake of Kibbee, Chicken Shish Kebab, Roast Lamb, Falafel, Fattoush, Hummus, and Stuffed Grape Leaves, or any number of other delicious menu choices. Be sure to save room for dessert and coffee. Some of the mouth-watering Arabic pastries include Baklawa, Maamoul, Namoura and Ghraybeh. There also is Atayef, a pancake-like dessert stuffed with a delicious pistachio mixture and rose-water simple syrup.
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, visit the vendors or go on a church tour. Children, meanwhile, can enjoy the moon bounce, face painting, pony rides and the petting zoo, as well as participate in some of the many games going on throughout the festival.
A highlight of the event is the Saturday night, 6:00 p.m. “Hafli” (“party” in Arabic) that will feature live music and dancing. Join us and learn to dance the “Dabke,” a traditional folk line dance.
The festival will be held rain or shine. Admission and parking are FREE. To learn more, visit www.MiddleEasternFoodFestival.com.
Join in the fun from 11-10 on Saturday, Sept. 3 and 12:30- 5 pm on Sunday, Sept. 4. Smell the aromas from the outdoor grills, partake of Shawarma, Chicken Shish Kebabs, Roast Lamb, Falafel, Fattoush, Hummus, and Stuffed Grape Leaves, or any number of other delicious menu choices. Then relax with a cup of coffee and mouth-watering pastry. Choose from Middle Eastern favorites, such as Baklava, Maamoul, Namoura, or Graybeh.
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, visit the vendors, take the kids to the petting zoo, or take a tour of the church. We also have dozens of books and icons available for purchase from our bookstore.
There’s a Middle Eastern Hafli with live music and dancing taking place on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 6 pm – 10 pm!
The Festival will be held rain or shine. Admission and parking are free.
We look forward to welcoming you on Labor Day weekend