205.251.5057 info@stelias.org

St. Elias Food & Cultural Festival
April 12-13
, 2024

Food Festival: April 12-13, 2024

The St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival is here again! St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church will celebrate its 26th Annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, April 12 – 13, 2024! Admission is FREE! Come try homemade Lebanese food for lunch, dinner, or dessert; watch traditional Lebanese dancing demonstrations by our youth; bid on a premium item at the Silent Auction; participate in an informative Church tour; and dabke like no one is watching to a live Lebanese band! Don’t forget, supporting us helps to support others as well, as we continue to give 25% of all proceeds to local and national charities.


FESTIVAL HOURS
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, April 12 – 13, 2024.


LOCATION
St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, which is located at 836 8th Street South, Birmingham, AL, 35205.


TAKEOUT
There will be an option available for walk up/ takeout orders located on the south side of the Church (just follow the signs)! **No Pre-Orders Accepted**


DELIVERY
For those living/ working in the downtown or southside areas, we will offer FREE 
DELIVERIES of food orders of $150 or more on Friday (April 12). Coordinate with your coworkers and order online at stelias.org ahead of time (starting Monday, April 8 and ending Thursday, April 11 at 5PM) for the most authentic Lebanese Friday lunch! 


PARKING
We will have one free off-site parking lot available for use Friday evening and all day and night Saturday from UAB Express 1 Parking – located at 608 8th Street South Directly across University boulevard. Free shuttle buses will run from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (follow the signs). 


MENU
We are happy to be able to offer our full menu of your favorite Lebanese plates, a la carte items, desserts, and more this year! Delicacies offered during the two-day event include baked kibbee, grilled lemon chicken, rolled grape leaves, spinach pies, meat pies, baked kibbee and falafel sandwiches, tabouleh, loobia (Lebanese-style green beans), rice, homous and pita bread, baklawa, Lebanese ice cream, and zlaybeh (Lebanese donuts).


PAYMENT
ONLY CREDIT/ DEBIT CARDS will be accepted for payment.


ENTERTAINMENT
We are excited to welcome back the New York based Amin Sultan Lebanese band, which will be playing outside, on stage, under a large tent from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM nightly. Additionally, traditional Lebanese dances will be performed by the youth of the Church on an indoor stage beginning at 6:00 PM Friday and at 12:30 PM Saturday that will continue throughout the afternoon and evening both days.


CHURCH TOURS
Guided Tours start on the front steps of the church both days at the top of the hour beginning at 11:00 am with the last guided tour scheduled at 8:00 PM. Self-Guided Tours will be available 11:00 am – 9:00 pm both days, except during Saturday Vigil Liturgy 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.


SILENT AUCTION
Visit our Silent Auction Room at the Church during festival hours to place your bids on a variety of interesting items! The Silent Auction will close on Saturday, April 13, at 8:00 PM.


5K/ FUN RUN
The 11th annual St. Elias Cedar Run 5K and Cedar Shake Fun Run will take place the morning of Saturday, April 13. All proceeds of the 5K and Fun Run will benefit the non-profit organization Just Keep Smiling of Gardendale, AL. For more information or to register, visit www.steliascedarrun.org


OTHER CHARITIES BENEFITED
Since the beginning in 1999, 25% of all festival proceeds go to charities other than St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church. To date, over $709,000 has been donated to local and national charities. List of charities supported through the years is available online.

We look forward to celebrating our faith, food, and culture with you this year! For more information, be sure to visit www.stelias.org and follow us on Facebook/Instagram @stelieasfestival!

LITURGY SCHEDULE

Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Fri.: 12:00 Noon
Tuesday: 8:00 am
Saturday: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
Holy Days: 6:00 pm (eve) and 8:00 am
Confessions: Saturday: 4:00 pm
or anytime upon request

CONTACT

Rectory/Office: 205-251-5057

General: info@stelias.org

Abouna Peter Zogbi, Parish Administrator: abounapeter@stelias.org

Rosa-Marie Sacco, Office Manager: rosamarie@stelias.org

Chorbishop Richard Saad, Pastor Emeritus: chorbishoprichardsaad@gmail.com

 

 

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