Every August, the St. George Greek Orthodox Church opens its doors for the annual Fresno Greek Fest! The Greek Fest started out 53 years ago, as a one night gathering, and has grown to a 3 day event. The Greek Fest is such an amazing Fresno event. There is fun for the whole family. They have vendors selling all sorts of jewelry, clothing, fruit from local farms and other fun vendors. For the kiddos there is a whole section dedicated to them. There is face painting, candle making, gold mining and and various inflatable attractions like bounce house and giant slides. There is a small fee, but it’s reasonable.
It’s nice that there are activities for the kids, because that frees the parents up to eat lots and lots of yummy goodies! There are two sections where you can get food. There is an outside line for items like fried calamari, Gyro’s and Greek Fries.
This year they set up the outside food areas a bit differently than last year. You have to wait in one line for all the items, whereas in the years past they had different booths for different items. If you want something a little bit more traditional, you can go inside the Main Food Hall and get other a la carte items. They have lamb shanks, Spanakopita (spinach and feta wrapped in Filo), Moussaka (Eggplant/ground meat casserole), chicken, Greek salad and Dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with rice). In the Main Food Hall is where you will also find an array of pastry items, the most popular being, of course, Baklava. If you like Baklava, you’ll like the Baklava Sundae. If you don’t like Baklava, you can always try Loukoumades, which are fried dough, drenched in honey and nuts. They really are a treat for your mouth! For drinks they have Greek wine and beer, as well as the usual soda and water.
I say go and try something new! Try something you wouldn’t otherwise have everyday. Go for the fun and the dancing! There is music playing practically the whole time, and they open the dance floor to everyone! I danced last year, even though I had no business doing so. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the Greek love! Everyone is friendly, and having such a good time! You can tour the church anytime during the Greek Fest, but they also offer informational tours (for free).
Take the whole family and have some fun! Opa!
* Thanks so much to Tiffiny for her guest post. Check out her blog here
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