A massive celebration dedicated to community, unity, charity, and eating before the next day’s fast is returning to Dearborn. It is referred to as the Ramadan Suhoor Festival.
Founder Hassan Chami and his assistant, Frankie Ashkar, joined “Live In The D” co-host Jason Carr to talk about the huge overnight festival that will light up Metro Detroit with food.
This is Hassan’s third year hosting the event, which he says is focused on community, unity, and charity. He describes it as a way to bring the community together via food for a celebration of interfaith unity. He also says that all proceeds will be donated to local charities.
According to Hassan, Ramadan is a month of fasting, and Suhoor is the final meal of the night before Muslims begin their next day of fasting.
La Fork, Booza Delight, Aljoom’s BBQ, AbuKnafa, Z’s Bubble Tea, Cinnabon, Chicken Coupe Chicken n’ Waffles, al-Buraq Publications, and Avicenna Scrubs are just a few of the vendors that will be on hand throughout the festival.
Hassan says this gathering is open to everyone, not just members of the Muslim community. He says that it is a means for them to extend their hands and share their resources with the rest of the community.
From April 8 to April 31, the event will take place every Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Fairlane Mall (Sears parking lot). A $1 cover charge will be collected and donated to charity.
Watch the video above to see some of the food that will be on hand and the full interview.