Summer time is the season for festivals here in the Mohawk Valley--giving people the chance to delve into different cultures from around the world.
People from the St. Louis Ganazaga Church were busy at work today putting together their fourth annual Taste of Lebanon. The weekend will be full of music, dancing and of course food.
We're having hummus, tabouli, and chicken and rice, chicken kabobs and also the pastries. We have several different kinds, all homemade. Very, very good. I know if everyone comes out they're going to really enjoy it,” says Betty Karrat, volunteer.
Most of the food is donated from local Lebanese restaurants--including 400 bags of bread. Showcasing the strong Lebanese roots in Utica.
“We have four Lebanese restaurants in this area. People love Middle Eastern food and this is all homemade. This is not bought, it's homemade. So this is all mom's food, grandma's food,” says Pastor John Ferris.
And that's what some say they enjoy about the festival...family.
“Our whole family is going to be here. Friends, relatives, we're inviting everyone; everyone's going to be here this weekend at some point. Family is coming in from out of town just for this basically.”
But you don't have to be a family member to enjoy the festivities...they say the Lebanese culture will make you feel like you're right at home
“In our homes people will come and visit and say, 'it's just so comfortable, we absolutely love it so i think it's a trait of the Lebanese people,” Karrat says.
So whether you're going for the live music or the food...get ready for some genuine Lebanese hospitality.
The festival runs until Sunday at the Deerfield fire company. And the money raised will go to the St. Louis Ganazaga Church in Utica.