Lebanese cuisine also was served. Along with hummus, tabbouleh and pita, festivalgoers were able to sample foods such as stuffed grape leaves; kibbeh, which is a fried food made with bulgur wheat, ground meat and onion; and kafta, made from beef seasoned with herbs and spices.
For those with a sweet tooth, church members sold homemade cakes, cookies and baklava.
La Baguette, a local restaurant, donated items for the sale.
Emmy-award winning journalist and war correspondent Mike Boettcher was keynote speaker, honoring his friend, the late Anthony Shadid.
A gifted reporter of Lebanese descent, Shadid, 43, collapsed and died of an apparent asthma attack last year while covering the war in Syria for The New York Times.
Boettcher described the two-time Pulitzer winner as a journalist who “could write poetry on deadline.”
Although the festival lasted just a day, the celebration of culture it embodies and the learning experiences it carries with it go on much longer, organizers said.
Next year the festival will return, inviting back old friends and welcoming newcomers.
“That's the Lebanese spirit,” Chaaya said. “Just enjoy the minute.”
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