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Big Greek Festival
Each year, thousands of visitors to Big Greek Festival visit St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church to see how Greeks preserve the character and ties to Greek culture in a classic way - by bringing together a handful of key ingredients central to a characteristic Greek community gathering:
- Fresh, hot off the grills dishes and homemade delicacies
- Live Greek music and entertainment featuring Greek folk dancing
- Traditional Greek wines and liquors
- Family friendly fun including for younger children
- Lots and lots of people
Hundreds of hours are invested in preparing for the throngs who travel - sometimes for hours - to be immersed in the distinctively cultural experience.
The three-day event kicks off on Friday with a takeout menu.
The Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) dance troupe and younger counterparts take to the stage, stunning audiences with the dancers' lively steps, twists and turns; dancers are skilled at weaving through the crowds and draw visitors to their feet to join in the fun.
During the festival, organizers ensure the venue is family friendly, with activities specifically for children. Adults and kids alike enjoy wandering the marketplace, viewing the handicrafts presented by all types of vendors.
Of special interest are church tours, which reveal craftsmanship and intricate detail adorning colorful icons and wood carvings, and bright and colorful glass windows.
A menu, directions and more are available at www.BigGreekFestival.com. Visa/Mastercard are accepted, and ATM is available.
Big Greek Festival is available via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/biggreekfestival.
Video is from a previous year's festival.