Kebbit “Eid el Saleeb” – Ein Zebde

For over 24 years, the ladies of Ein Zebde, West Bekaa have gathered to prepare Potato Kebbeh for the village annual rural dinner, organized to raise funds for the construction of St Joseph church (Mar Youssef). This annual dinner is organized during the celebration of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Eid el Saleeb – on September 14) which always begins with a mass.

The ladies making the potato kebbeh. Picture ©Vera Bou Monsef

For the first dinner, about 24 years ago, the ladies made 40 potato kebbeh, and today as the number of volunteers has increased, their joint efforts ended up with making more than 3000 kebbeh!

Grilling the kebbeh

This beautiful tradition has evolved over the years and this year’s celebration which was held on Saturday September 10, 2017 started with celebrating mass followed by a dinner and a musical party that attracted visitors from nearby villages.

Different types of pastries are on the menu as well!

There is no doubt that Potato Kebbeh was the highlight of the dinner, but other delicious items were also on the menu such as vegetarian pastries (fatayer), meat kebbeh, mini-pizzas, meat pies (sfiha), mana’eesh on saj etc.

Fatayer, sfiha, pizza and kebbeh!

Celebrations continued until early morning lights on the beats of dabkeh.

Dabkeh and music!
Where to eat and sleep

Noha Bou Rached guesthouse, Ein Zebde

Ein zebde B&B

Noha, a charming lady from Ein Zebde, is the owner of Ein Zebde’s Bed and Breakfast. Always attentive to your every need, she will make sure you feel at home in no time.

[quote]Nested at the heart of the lovely village of Ein Zebde and facing the municipality, Ein Zebde’s Bed and Breakfast accommodates up to 9 persons. Surrounded by a small garden, this old house is endowed with a precious oak ceiling that adds to its coziness and charm[/quote]

Its terrace, shaded by a vine tree, is the perfect spot to lay down for a relaxing afternoon nap in late summer, while Noha, the owner, prepares Kishk and Mulberry Syrup.

Noha's table is always rich with traditional food made with love
Noha’s table is always rich with traditional food made with love

One of the main highlights of this B&B is Noha’s fabulous cuisine! Her cooking techniques and recipes are all inherited from her late mother. Ask Noha for the local dish “Mansoufeh” and before long, you will be coming back for more 🙂

Ain Zebde's specialty, the potato kebbeh, is highlighted on Noha's menu
Ein Zebde’s specialty, the potato kebbeh, is highlighted on Noha’s menu

At Noha’s Bed and Breakfast, you will experience the essence of a home in the village.

Capacity: 9 persons