[Sorry this is sloppily written. I'm behind schedule.]
On Sunday, August 26, 2007, I drove to an edge of Golden Gate Park for the Arab Cultural Festival. With one food booth, one dessert booth, one stage, and a kids' zone, it was a cozy festival in a small community center. Perhaps its most interesting aspect was the contents of the various tables.
- the Egyptian consulate
- the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- community groups:
- a social group
- a group for legal help
- a group that organizes a film festival
- an association of technical professionals
- learn Arabic
- learn about Islam and Muslims
- fight Islamophobia
- shawls and pillows
- Arabic books
- candles with farsi on them
- tiny magnificent metal models of mosques
- shirts: "Got rights?" (in similar font to the "Got milk?" shirts)
- another shirt and bumper sticker booth. Some of the messages seemed okay to me; others seemed crassly undiplomatic. You be the judge.
- U.S. out of Iraq
- Stop Israel's War Crimes
- Stop U.S. Aid To Israel
- Hezbollah 2, Israel 0
- Free Palestine
- Buck Fush
- I am democratic. I voted for Hamas.
- satellite Arabic television stations
- Qatar airlines
While at the festival, I took a few photos of the hall and the food and a few movies of performances. The performances were good. I'm sad I missed the comedian. (Because I was eating, I only caught the very end of his act.) The performance hall was nicely decorated with flags of many Arabic nations hanging on the wall. I recognized very few of them.
As for lunch, the hummus was terrific. I can't imagine more perfect hummus (that is, once I pushed aside the oil drizzled on top of it). My chicken skewer ("tauouk") was decently grilled, though it could've done with a squeeze of lemon. The accompanying rice was moist and slightly creamy. The tabbouleh was fine: mostly parsley. The lavash was generally reasonable. I made sandwiches with the lavash; these were no more than the sum of whatever ingredients I decided to include.
Unusual for a festival, there was a coffee stand with an extensive menu. Too bad I don't drink coffee.
The dessert stand had some items I'd never heard of (kinafeh with cheese, hareeseh, halkoom), but, due to prior plans for the late afternoon, I decided not to partake.