By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
The 17th annual Arab American Festival is coming to downtown Garden Grove this weekend, bringing the food, music and culture of north Africa and the Middle East to the Big Strawberry.
Again the event will be held at the Village Green Park at Main and Euclid streets, which is also location of the Strawberry Festival each Memorial Day weekend.
The festival features carnival rides and booths, live entertainment, a wide variety of food and drink items for sale, and information tables from organizations and agencies.
“Arab American Festival is not just a ceremony where we celebrate our culture and social heritage as a community,” said festival founder Ahmad Alam. “It is an appreciation and gratitude gesture to this country, our adopted homeland and its wide-open doors of tolerance and understanding among all Americans.”
There is a growing population of Arab Americans in Anaheim along Brookhurst Street, and another community growing up around the Islamic Society of Orange County mosque and school on 13th Street in Garden Grove.
The hours for the festival will be Friday from 2-10 p.m., Saturday from 12-10 p.m. and Sunday from 12-9 p.m.