By Karen Kennedy
Got a hankering for something Mediterranean? When was the last time you had juicy, roasted leg of lamb? Spanakopita? Or perfectly flaky, freshly-baked baklava?
You can experience all things Greek this weekend at the 40th annual Greek Fest Aug. 23 to 25 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 3500 W. 106th St. in Carmel. More than 15,000 attendees are expected during the three days of the festival.
The annual festival had been held in Broad Ripple until 2009 when it was moved to Carmel. It features authentic Greek food and pastries, Greek beer and wine and live music from well-known area Greek musician George Karras. Traditional Greek dancing will be presented by the Holy Trinity Hellenic Dance Troupes, and Greek dance lessons will be offered as well. An open marketplace will feature a large array of food and drink, and Greek-themed T-shirts, jewelry and icons also will be available for purchase. Other attractions include a children’s activity tent, a Greek cultural tent and tours of the magnificent Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church.
“It’s been a true privilege to work side-by-side with so many dedicated volunteers over the past three years,” said Lawrence N. Eleftheri, Greek Fest president. “Our goal has been to promote our culture and faith while bringing our parish family together in order to celebrate our heritage with the Central Indiana community. It’s been wonderful to see so many members of our Parish involved as they donate time, energy, and resources for the benefit of our Holy Trinity family while having fun and building strong memories to be passed on to future generations.”
Presale coupon books are available at area Marsh supermarkets which will include free parking on church grounds. Purchase of a $50 coupon book includes premier parking and an additional $5 toward festival purchases. Premier parking on church grounds without the advance purchase books is $5, and free parking with shuttle service is available at Riley Llama Farms, at the corner of 106th Street and Towne Road.
For the first time this year, retirement communities from the area were invited to bring attendees to experience a Greek Fest meal, along with an Iconography and architectural church tour, before the festival opening. They will have the opportunity to dine banquet-style, inside. Groups interested in arranging future events may contact 733-3033.
Hours for the festival are: Aug. 23, 4 to 11 p.m., Aug. 24, noon to 11 p.m. and Aug. 25, noon to 5 p.m.
The schedules for the church tours and the dance troupes as well as the full menu for the festival are listed on the website at www.indygreekfest.org.