The 26th Annual Ottawa Lebanese Festival is here.

Live it. Love it. Lebanese Style.

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Join us for another year of delectable cuisine, exciting entertainment and traditional culture at the 26th edition of the Ottawa Lebanese Festival. Located on the grounds of St. Elias Cathedral, the gates will officially open on Wednesday, July 20th and continues until July 24th.

The Ottawa Lebanese Festival welcomes everyone to experience five-days of Lebanese culture, entertainment and fun.

  • The Tannis Food Tent is a popular destination with offerings of favoured chicken shawarma, tasty tabouli, homemade hummus and variety meat and vegetarian options. Our world famous and always popular Middle Eastern food is authentically daily prepared – fresh on-site – by hundreds of volunteers.
  • Created right before your eyes, the “saj” traditional bread is unique to the festival and prepared in The DNG Law Saj Tent commencing at 5pm daily.
  • For a more relaxed atmosphere, visit the KS on the Keys Beirut Lounge. Offering a full menu, traditional Lebanese Argily (Shisha) and lively nightly entertainment, this is definitely where you’ll want to unwind with friends.
  • The Mendes Toyota Stage presents international artists from Lebanon, Canada and the United States as they perform contemporary and established music, dances and entertainment. Recording artist Karl Wolf returns on Thursday night to support his Amateur at Love Canadian tour. A complete entertainment schedule is available on our website.
  • Who doesn’t like amusement rides and games?! The Gabriel Pizza Family Midway is open daily and with plenty of activities for people of all ages.
  • The Pepsi Teen Confectionary is operated by our hard working young adult volunteers. Offering ice cream, refreshing soft drinks, snow-cones, and you cannot forget the cotton candy and the candy apples.
  • Peruse the beautiful display of genuine Lebanese crafts, history and artwork in the Middle Eastern Market Place. Round out your visit with one of the many delicious desserts and a Lebanese coffee.
  • St. Elias Cathedral Tours allow you to experience the grandeur of the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral and the rich religious history through dedicated tours. Church tours are available weekdays 6:00pm – 10:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm – 10:00pm.

Join us as Mayor Jim Watson proudly raises the festival flag at Ottawa City Hall on Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 2pm. The flag will fly at Ottawa City Hall for the duration of the Ottawa Lebanese Festival. The official opening ceremonies begin on Wednesday at 7:30pm.

The festival is open 4:00 – 11:00pm Wednesday to Friday and 11:00am – 11:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free every day until 5pm and complimentary parking is available at Canada Post with free shuttle service every 15-minutes courtesy of Millennium Limousine Service. Admission is $2 every day with the exception of Thursday at $5.

Established in 1990, the Ottawa Lebanese Festival was formed to celebrate time-honoured tradition along with vibrant deep roots of the Lebanese community in the National Capital Region. This non-profit cultural event attracts thousands of Ottawa residents each year. The festival is organized by the many hard working volunteers from the St. Elias Cathedral, located at Riverside and Ridgewood, directly across from Mooney’s Bay. Live it. Love it. Lebanese Style!
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