Rural dinner for Association Léba and ADLF

Anjuli and Petra presenting FHF programs to the guests

The Food Heritage Foundation’s Darb al Karam received guests mostly from Europe with Lebanese roots on Tuesday August 7, 2018. Association Léba and Association des Druzes Libanais en France chose Darb el Karam to be part of their visits program to Lebanon and booked a traditional Lebanese dinner on the food trail in the West Bekaa. Petra Chedid and Anjuli Weigelt guided the group through the evening.

After arriving in a local hotel with a beautiful view over the Litani river the group visited spontaneously the Qaraoun Lake. The impression could then be digested and discussed at the dinner in a traditional and family run restaurant. Beside this FHF also offered two live cooking stations: local women prepared different kinds of delicious Manoushe on the saj as well as grilled potato kebbeh stuffed with labneh.

Delicious saj manakish

The meal was complemented by some Arabic and self-written poems by Abou Elias, the owner of the restaurant. He accompanied the dishes additionally with his “derbakkeh” and traditional singing. The guests immediately joined in the traditional and well-known songs and were motivated to dance in the middle of the restaurant.

Abou Elias entertaining the guests with folk songs and “zajal” on his “derbakkeh”

At the end of the evening all guests were satisfied by heaps of traditional and local food, old songs and dances especially Dabke. With this event, the Lebanese guests living abroad, explored their culture and got close to their roots. Most of them, particularly the younger generation did never visit the West Bekaa before. They were amazed and thrilled by its beauty and the hospitality of its people.


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!