St. Elias to celebrate 80

Save the date: St. Elias Church's Middle Eastern Cultural Festival marks its 80th year as it opens its Summer doors for business on the weekend of July 17 to 19.

While 1929 may have been an ironic year to have started anything successful in the midst of the historic stock market crash, nonetheless that was the very same year St. Elias Church began its Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. And for every year from then to now, as one of Central New York's oldest annual events, this festival continues to offer a delicious escape as it fills the Syracuse air with aromas of authentic Middle Eastern food, surrounds you with the sounds of live Arabic music, and showcases a shopper's paradise with gifts that have an ethnic flare.

Come and eat the best dishes in the Arabic cuisine, all made from scratch! From the grilled to perfection kebobs and kefta meat, mouth-watering rolled grapeleaves, creamy hummus bread dip, and tangy tabouli parsley salad are amongst many other dishes in the full-course food choices. And be sure to leave room for the famously sought after desserts like the syrupy-sweet baklawa and zalaby, and the sugary-buttery grahbee and mamoul cookies!

Join hands with us for a fun debkee dance as we enjoy the catchy beat of live Arabic music. There's shows featuring dancers who perform traditional folkdances from the old country in their colorful, native costumes.

Browse through the Souk Marketplace for some unique Middle Eastern treasures for home decoration, interesting collectibles made of olivewood, all kinds of colorfully embroidered items, and even some DVDs of classic or new-wave Arabic music.

Food, fun and friends await you at St. Elias' 80th Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. There's FREE parking, FREE admission, and a FREE playground for the kids to run around on and make new friends! Ah'lan wa sa'lan welcome!

The Skinny

St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

4988 Onondaga Road, Onondaga Hill, Syracuse

(Intersection of Howlett Hill Road)

Friday, July 17 from 4 p.m. to10 p.m.

Saturday, July 18 from noon to 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 19 from noon to 7 p.m.

Rev. FR. Terence Baz, D. Min., pastor, 488-0388

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