The Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival starts today and runs through Sunday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Lakeside Drive. This Greek girl is super pumped about this event; especially because it’s been two years since the church held the festival! I feel whole again and can’t wait to get my Greek on tonight.
The GR Greek Fest truly offers a little something for everyone in the family and you can’t talk about a Greek fest without first mentioning the food. Delicious traditional Greek items will be available like Dolmathes (grape leaf wraps), Spanakopita (spinach pie) and a killer dessert table (don’t worry – there’s more than enough baklava to go around)! And, the church has procured as much local produce as possible for the event to keep it as farm-to-table as possible. The GR foodie values remain in the values of these wonderful Greeks. Check out this weekend’s full list of menu offerings but be warned – this may induce salivation.The Taverna (bar) will be open throughout the event as well and you can expect some Greek red and white wine options and a traditional Greek beer available as well as some Michigan favorites too. If you’re feeling particularly in the OPA! spirit, try to frozen Ouzo and you might as well get the collector’s Yassou! tumbler to go with that slushy concoction while you’re at it!
While you and the whole fam are enjoying your eats and drinks, don’t forget to take in the live music provided by The Levendes and one of the most entertaining aspects of the Festival – the Greek Dancing. This is a wonderful experience and if you haven’t witnessed this ancient tradition before you don’t want to miss it.A full schedule of events for the Festival is listed here and you can check out the website and Facebook page for more information. The festival is open from the following times this weekend:
- Friday, 8/26: 3pm-10pm
- Saturday, 8/27: 11am-10pm
- Sunday, 8/28: 12pm-4pm
The event only costs a couple bucks to get in (kids for free) but you do have to purchase tickets near the entrance for food and drinks (debit/credit cards welcome).
I’ll be enjoying the festival tonight! Hope you can, “Eat. Dance. Be Greek.” sometime this weekend too!