Arab Fest kicks off Saturday

It's festival season in Fort Wayne and for the first weekend in June, Arab Fest brought out people from different backgrounds to the Headwaters Park Pavilion.

Posted: Jun 2, 2018 10:15 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2018 9:41 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Margie Doughtery is one of the vendors that's been working hard at the 4th annual Arab Fest.

"This by far is the best year. I've been busy all morning," she said.

Underneath the market tent where she is, you'll find all sorts of creative things inspired by Arabic heritage, and there's a crowd there checking it all out.

Will Gardner said he's amazed at all there is to see.

"It's more than just specifically arab stuff. I mean like there's arts and crafts for kids. There's music. It's not just baklava and shish kabobs and call it a day. There is that stuff though," he said.

The festival's purpose is to educate in a fun festive way in hopes of bringing first timers like Will back every year.

"The mission of the Arab Fest Fort Wayne Corporation is to promote Arab culture, and all that's good from the Arab world because we hear a lot of negative things about that part of the world, and we wanted people to know, to experience hospitality, and good food, and see famous Arab americans, to see we're very much contributing members of the American fabric," Sam Jarjaour said.

"The beautiful thing about Fort Wayne, especially the summer season, you see the festivals for all different cultures,"Mohamad Abbsai added.

Diane Frank said events like these are what she loves about Fort Wayne especially when they are free.

"It exposes me to somethings I'm not as familiar with. I like the emphasis on learning more about the refugees. It just broadens my knowledge of a different group," she said.

If you didn't make it out Saturday, not all hope is lost, there's still a chance to come out Sunday from noon until 6pm.

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