Dearborn International Arabic Festival was held a couple of weekends ago. My wife Marianne and I went down about 12:30 on Sunday afternoon when it was just opening on Sunday. If you don’t know it Dearborn MI has one of the largest Arabic Communities in the United States. As of the 2000 census there were over 30,000 people of Arabic descent in Dearborn MI. ( Over 30% of the population). And I am sure the percentage will be much greater after the 2010 census. We have people with Arabic ancestry from
- Saudia Arabia
living in Dearborn and the surrounding Metro Detroit area. (forgive me if I forgot any other countries).
I am slowly learning more and more about Arabic customs, and Arabic food from my clients. I have sold homes to some great people who have invited me into their home and fed me some great food. I have found people of Arabic descent have been some of the friendliest and most giving clients I have had.
East Dearborn is where you will really notice that Dearborn is an Arabic community. Many stores have Arabic lettering. You will find great Arabic bakeries, excellent Middle Eastern restaurants, and lots of stores selling Halal food.
Here are some of the pictures we took of the festival.
Everybody was enjoying the rides and the food.
Great food. Marianne and I had two Fallefel sandwiches and then I had a Middle Eastern Sampler platter. I was stuffed and then had to go to a Fathers Day dinner. It was early and there weren’t alot of people there but it got really crowded before we left.
They had a couple of tents full of Middle Eastern wares that included jewelry, books and food.
If you didn’t know this the Arabic community eats Halal food which means kosher food. Food that meets Islamic standards of butchering etc. I don’t know all of the standards yet but I’m learning.
The festival was supported by the local Businesses and of course ACCESS.
Of course on the way we stopped on the way home and got some dessert at Shatila Bakery. But I am glad the inside picture of one of the many cases of great food did. I have to guess there were about ten cases of food like the one below. MMMMM………
Whether you are Arabic or not Dearborn’s Arabic festival is a great place to enjoy good food, carnival rides, and immerse yourself in the Arabic culture.
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If you missed it this year be sure to check out the International Arabic Festival next year. It is usually held around Fathers Day weekend.
Russ Ravary Your Metro Detroit real estate agent
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