Lakewood, Colorado

St. Rafka Maronite Church, in Lakewood, Colorado, held its fifth annual Lebanese Festival on 15-16 September.  St. Rafka holds the Colorado Lebanese Festival each year in conjunction with the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

The first festival, in 2014, was a simple and small event held only on Sunday afternoon and attended by parishioners and friends.  Since 2015, the festival has been a weekend-long affair and this year’s festival was the best yet and set new levels for attendance and menu variety. Not only did people come from the entire Denver-Metro area, but also from other states, including Wyoming, Texas, and California (not to mention the DJ from Lebanon!)

The menu featured the culinary talents of many members of St. Rafka and included shawarma, falafel, kafta, kibbeh, and a wide variety of sajj offerings.  The Ladies’ Society presented a tummy-tickling array of sweet and savory treats.  This year there was also a new bar area – “Lou Bar” and “Café Georgette” named after founding members Lou & Georgette Ashkar.

Entertainment included games for the kids, a drum clinic and circle, and lots and lots of music and dancing with DJ Samer Samarani, visiting from Lebanon.

Thank you to the Festival Committee, volunteers, sponsors, and the families and friends of St. Rafka for a great Festival!

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