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Middle Eastern Food Festival
Holy Transfiguration Church Hosts 19th
Annual Middle Eastern
Food Festival on Labor Day Weekend: Sept 1 & 2
Highlights Include Homemade Food, Entertainment and Pony Rides
McLEAN, Va., August 10, 2012 – Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church will host its 19th annual Middle Eastern Food Festival, September 1 and 2, on the church grounds -- 8501 Lewinsville Road, McLean, Virginia. The Festival will feature authentic Middle Eastern food, pastries, beer and wine; live music and dancing; vendors; church tours; and activities for both children and adults.
Join in the fun from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, September 1 and 12 noon – 6 p.m., Sunday, September 2. Smell the aromas from the outdoor grills, partake of Kibbee, Chicken Kebabs, Falafel, Fattoush, Hummus, and Stuffed Grape Leaves, or any number of other delicious menu choices, including a $12 Roast Lamb Dinner served on Saturday from 6:00-9:00 and all day on Sunday. Then relax with a cup of coffee and mouth-watering pastry. Choose from Middle Eastern favorites, such as Baklawa, Maamoul, Namoura, or Ghraybeh, or good old-fashioned American favorites, from cakes to cookies to brownies and fudge.
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, join in the Debke dance (instructors will teach you how), participate in a game of backgammon or chess, visit the vendors, or take a tour of the church. Meanwhile, kids can enjoy the pony rides, moon bounce, face painting, and a number of other activities designed especially for them.
The Festival will be held rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. To learn more, call 703-734-9566 or visit www.middleeasternfoodfestival.com.
Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church is the local parish of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton (Massachusetts). “Melkite” is used to refer to those Catholics whose ancestry is Middle Eastern and who follow the Byzantine Tradition in worship, theology, and spirituality.
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More About Holy Transfiguration Church
Holy Transfiguration Church is McLean's only Greek Catholic Church. The church's simple exterior gives way to an interior sanctuary filled with stunning art --- icon paintings of saints whose heads are illuminated with gold leaf. The church was founded 35 years ago by Middle Eastern immigrants. The Greek Catholic Church is in union with the Roman Catholic Church in Rome. Byzantine crosses -- a cross with three cross bars --- symbolizes the church. Among the church's most prized possessions: the largest relic in North America from the true cross in Rome and a rock from Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration.