(Bridgeport, Nebraska, United States) – The Greek Festival in Bridgeport, Nebraska is scheduled to take place August 13, 2016 and August 14, 2016 in the Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport. On both of the days, the event starts at 4:30 PM. This is the 90th year that the festival will be going on – the first one took place in 1926 and the original festival celebration was simple – members of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church opened its doors by offering a lamb roast after its church service one Sunday. The festival grew from there as people became interested in learning more about Greek food. All the food at the festival is made by festival volunteers, which is mostly volunteers who go to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Bayard, Nebraska.
Now, it is a much anticipated event and is one of the biggest ethnic festivals in the area. People look forward to it year after year and the festival organizers are anticipating about 1500 guests. They will be able to participate in a variety of activities, such as listening to live Greek music and enjoying the entertainment, as well as eating traditional Greek foods. Steve Plumber, the festival publicity chairman said that, “We have the same events and the same food as last year but honestly, it gets better every year. Originally, we did it out at the farm and we didn’t have electricity so we couldn’t make things as fresh. Now that we have the center and over two days, we can really make things fresh and it is a lot more family oriented with the space.”
On Saturday night, the Greek food is served a la carte. There is no admission but it is possible to purchase tickets costing $1 per booth so that you can sample various dishes. Offerings include gyros, Greek salad, calamari, and souvlaki. There will also be wine, ouzo, beer and also Greek beer available to drink. On Sunday, the food offering is much different. It will be served as a traditional dinner for $20 per ticket for adults, $6 for children aged 6-12, and children under five years old are free. This lunch will take place from 12-1:30. There will also be entertainment throughout the weekend such as live music and Greek dancing demonstration.