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They have been migrating to South Australia since the 1800s, but the Lebanese community is finally going to celebrate.

The Australian Lebanese Association will hold its first community festival on Sunday November 10.

It promises a grand display of Middle Eastern heritage, with music, art, dancing, fashion – and loads of lovingly homemade food.

Besides treats like falafel wraps, kebabs, Lebanese biscuits and coffee, there will also be a sausage sizzle and ice creams available.

“Because we are Australian Lebanese, we’ve got to have that!” said Sue-Anne Badawee, one of the festival’s organisers.

Ms Badawee’s grandparents hailed from Lebanon and, like many, her family went into the hotel industry.

She said the first Lebanese settlers worked on the land, or as hawkers.

For generations, they have married and moved into the wider community but retained their cultural treasures – free of religious or political connections.

“We wanted to start keeping those family connections to your heritage and to your culture,” Ms Badawee said.

The festival will also mark the contribution of Lebanese Anzacs in two world wars.

The free event is at the Thebarton Community Centre on Sunday November 10 from 11am-6pm.