GreekFest brings Greek culture to Carmel

Greek dancers during last year’s GreekFest. (Submitted photo)
Greek dancers during last year’s GreekFest. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner

GreekFest 2015, the 42nd annual festival, will take place Aug. 28-30 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 3500 W. 106th St., Carmel.

The festival celebrates the Orthodox faith and Hellenic culture. Food, dancing, live music and other festival activities are available to those who attend.

“The GreekFest campus is spacious and lends itself to having a great, comfortable meal and festival experience,” Mary Lee Pappas, marketing manager for GreekFest, said. “We have a bookstore, a marketplace where you can purchase an array of Greek products and groceries and our kids’ tent is super fun with a variety of crafts, games and more.”

Pappas said the Greek food is prepared fresh in the church’s kitchen, and unique Greek wines are also available to create an overall fantastic Greek dining experience.

A tour of the church where the festival takes place is available so attendants can see all the iconography written on the walls.

“Its functions are to enhance the beauty of the church, to instruct the people about the Christian faith,” Pappas said of the iconography.

Pappas describes GreekFest as a fabulous, three-day picnic available to the entirety of Central Indiana.

Admission to GreekFest is free, and any children under 12 must be accompanied with an adult. The festival’s hours over the weekend are Friday, 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was founded by Greek immigrants in 1910, and is used for the festival to create a true Greek-like aura.


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