A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

a multi-faceted look at the middle east, and the middle west

sweet corn in Lebanon

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on August 2, 2007

I see that August 19 is Sweet Corn Day in Lebanon, with food and fun sponsored by AUB’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The day has a Lebanese flavor, with hommos as well as barbequed chicken and a “Lebanese folklore performance” along with hayrides.

It reminds me of another corn event I’ve attended: the Adel Sweet Corn Festival, an annual sweet corn giveaway held in the “town square” of Dallas County’s capital town. This year, the festival promises “over eight tons” of free corn on the cob, shucked, boiled, and served by community volunteers free to anyone willing to wait in line.

Its a huge event that includes a parade, a 5K run, live musical entertainment and an arts & crafts market. Adults and children cover the town square, spilling out into the streets beyond – everyone smiling and enjoying the day, and happy knowing that anyone with corn stuck between his or her teeth is in good company.

Summer and sweet corn are closely connected in my mind. I love that I can make the connection here in Lebanon, too.

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