Celebrating its 55th year, the Greek Fest begins its three-day run on Friday.
The festival draws thousands of people to the grounds of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2219 N. Orchard, for several nights of drinks, dancing and Greek food. Festival organizers boast that more than 90% of the event food is made from scratch.
Festival-goers can indulge in dozens of traditional Greek dishes, including festival favorites: roasted Greek oregano chicken, moussaka (stuffed eggplant), spanakopita (spinach, feta, wrapped in filo), halloumi (fried cheese), loukaniko (Greek sausage) and loukoumades (puffs of golden dough covered in nuts and honey).
New this year will be the addition of several beers from Septem, a microbrewery from Avlon, Greece. The beer types include a honey golden ale and a porter.
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“They are all really delicious beers,” said Peter Vallis, Greek Fest spokesman.
Along with offering plenty of food, the Greek Fest will also have cooking demonstrations, music, dancing and activities for children and young people.
2015 Fresno Greek Festival
Friday through Sunday, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2219 N. Orchard.
Hours: Friday, 4 p.m. – midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is $6 for adults. Free to those 65 years and older and those under 12.
Tickets can be purchase online at http://fresnogreekfest.com/.
A free shuttle is provided on Friday and Saturday nights from the parking lot of the Fresno VA hospital.