The longest-running festival in Central Texas isn't the hot sauce festival, the Pecan Street festival or South by Southwest.

At 87 years young, it's the St. Elias Mediterranean Festival, or Medfest, an annual celebration of all things Mediterranean, from music and dancing to food. 

The event returns on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28, at the St. Elias Orthodox Church, 408 E. 11th St., with a shopping bazaar and live music from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees can also try a variety of food, cocktails, wines and listen to Lebanese singer, Danny Achkar.

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The event is open to the public with a $5 donation at the door or at Twin Liquors, which is run by the Jabour family and has been involved with the event since the first year, but admission will be free from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday to encourage family participation.

“Medfest is more than a tradition for our family, it’s ingrained in our culture,” David Jabour, president of Twin Liquors, said in release. “We’re honored to continue to play a role in the festivities this year, and look forward to seeing friends and families celebrate with food, cocktails, live music, and dancing.”

You can find out more about the festival at mediterraneanfestival.org. 

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