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Construction on a much expanded and improved Pack Square Park might be causing a few scheduling changes for several of Asheville’s annual events, but the 19th annual Greek Festival, set for September 23 – 25, promises to be the same great Greek-food-and-dance-fest it always is – but at a different venue this year, Martin Luther King Park. Sponsored annually by the friendly folks at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, festival organizers haven’t missed a beat with this year’s festival – the same great food and entertainment that have been the big attractions for almost two decades will simply have a temporary new home.
One of the many attractions that makes the festival so appealing to everyone is the food. To the culinary satisfaction of the festival-going public, Holy Trinity if fortunate to have a large group of church members who were raised in traditional Greek homes who have not forgotten how to make the delectable specialties of their homeland. Church members lovingly and carefully prepare all of the food for the festival in the church’s kitchen; nothing is pre-packaged or bought from large, commercial operations. All types of Greek food are sold, including pastichio, Greek meatballs, spanakopita, chicken oreganato, Greek salads, and other traditional Greek delicacies. This once-a-year treat makes the food one of the biggest draws for the festival. A coffee shop is also part of the annual offerings.
But the food is not the only attraction that makes the Greek Festival such a pleasure. A “Bakaliko,” or Greek grocery store, will offer Greek food items, as well as novelties and imported goods from Greece, Greek jewelry, clothing, and religious items. Also included are Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox gifts.
Live Greek music and authentic Greek dancing will also be part of the fun all weekend. Award-winning dance groups of younger and older children, dressed in native costumes, will perform several times each day. Cooking demonstrations will also be offered to teach visitors how to make many of the Greek dishes. There will also be game booths and entertainment for the children in the special “Kid’s Corner”.
A portion of the festival proceeds will go to local charities.
So, be Greek for a day! The Greek Festival will do its part to make the whole family feel welcome, well fed, and well entertained. Admission is free. Festival hours on Friday and Saturday are from 11AM – 9PM; Sunday hours are 11AM – 4PM. Martin Luther King Park is on Marthin Luther King Drive off of College Street just east of downtown Asheville. For more information, please call Holy Trinity Church at 828-253-3754.