Here we go again. Summer 2006 is around the corner and preperation for the annual Lebanese Fun Festival is already underway. The Lebanese Fun Festival that takes place
in the parking lot of the St. Elias Cathedral every year around the celebration of St. Elias feast is by far one of the largest event in Ottawa every summer, and the largest lebanese event in Canada. Over 40,000 people attend the festival, over 400 volunteers and over 100 singers and dancers electrify the big stage and the arguily tent during the 5-days of festivities. Check out the Lebanese Fun Festival new website.
This year's festival is co-chaired by Yolanda Hanna and George Hanna and a committee made up of veterans who contribute to the success of the festival year after year. A large team of volunteers from age of 10 to 90+ years old will be getting ready to give a hand. From food preparation to ground maintenance to tents set-up to getting sponsors and more. Lots of hard work and dedicated effort will be put forward to ensure successful Lebanese Fun Festival. For those who misses Bobby, he will be there but this time with his beautiful fiancée Julie (sorry gals). Our festival evangelist Andre Skaff will also be on hand bugging people to buy raffle tickets, joined by Sam and Madiana who will be running around with her high heels making sure we all got what we want. I also have to warn you about littering the ground, our priest watchful eyes will be watching you from his office above the festival ground.
This year main attraction will be the double-sized Arguily tent with a total capacity of 500 people, and a patio that can seat over 100 people. The Arguily tent is the busiest tent after 8 pm. People from all walk of life come in and enjoy a relaxing time smoking their favourite flavoured tobacco and listen to live music or play backgammon or just socialize. The familiar faces of volunteers like Abu Dany, Ryma, Randa, Julie, Paula and maybe Paul, Diana, George, Wassim, Sarah, Hani, Chadi and others will be back this year to ensure smooth operation, smiling faces and a great smoking experience. Arguily.com will be one of the sponsors and will be providing all Arguilys, accessories and many kind of flavoured tobacco (apple, strawberry, vanilla, coconut, grape, cherry and more).
If you are in Ottawa or driving through Ottawa during this time, make sure you stop by and watch the Lebanese culture in action. If you have kids, they will enjoy the rides and the games available for them. Delicious Lebanese sandwishes will be served from a 40 feet BBQ along with other Lebanese treats like baklawa and maamoul. Don't forget to check out the famous lebanese Saj bread, baked fresh and served with Labneh and cucumber. Also, don't miss Micho's drink bar for your favourite beer. See you all there. Come on out and celebrate the summer with us.