From Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3, the Greek Festival will transform the lawn of the Greek Orthodox Church on East Avenue into an outpost of the Mediterranean. One of the main attractions of this annual festival is the food. Look for your favorite Greek dishes, including gyro sandwiches, homemade spanakopita, pastichio, moussaka, stuffed peppers, and lamb shanks. Wash down your dinner with Greek imported beer or wine. Leave room for fried dough, Greek style. Loukoumades are small balls of dough, fried and covered in a honey syrup. Also for desert, try traditional baklava with a custom cup of Greek coffee.
Learn how to create your own Greek dishes during cooking demos at select times Friday-Sunday, with sessions on how to create baklava and koulourakia. Your tour of Greece will not be complete without shopping the agora, the Greek marketplace. There will be several boutiques where you can purchase clothing, jewelry, books, and specialty foods. Bring the kids to Kiddie Village, a mini festival for children featuring a climbing wall and other activities. And catch Greek dancers daily, with lessons Friday at 3:30 & 4:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 & 4 p.m., and Sunday at 3 & 4 p.m.
The church is located on 962 East Ave. Festival hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For more information, visit rochestergreekfestival.org or call 244-3377. — BY ANNE RITZ