(Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States) – The Kalamazoo Greek Festival, which has been going on for the past forty years, will be celebrating its last and final year. What began as a simple festival back in the 1970’s in the basement of the Dionysius restaurant in Kalamazoo, Michigan has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. Back in the 1970’s, people knew very little about Greek food and as word spread about the festival’s tasty food and fun atmosphere, the festival organizers knew they needed to adapt and find larger venues to hold it. After a few years, they had outgrown their original location so they searched for larger venues to hold it.
In fact, the festival’s popularity grew considerably after the first year as people would regularly walk into the restaurant in order to find information about the new and upcoming cultural events. Since the beginning, the festival had been run by volunteers, as well as Stacy Skartsiaris, the owner of Theo and Stacy’s Greek Restaurant. Festival organizers feel that it’s time to close the festival down in search of new opportunities to showcase Greek food. Although the festival is a highly anticipated and beloved event, the organizers are ready to try something new.
One of the things that made the festival such a hit all those years ago is that the organizers, Theo and Stacy, did more than just introduce people to Greek food – they turned it into a cultural experience where people could enjoy Greek music and dancing, as well. Enjoying great food, music, and dancing all go hand in hand in Greece and the organizers did what came naturally to them.
The Greek Festival started on June 2 and will be going on until June 4, 2016. It is being held at Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Menu items include Greek dishes such as gyro sandwiches, pastitsio, and moussaka. There will also be plenty of desserts, such as baklava and loukoumades. Don’t forget to sample the chocolate baklava, which is a modern take on the classic favorite! Also be sure to shop from some of the vendors in the “agora marketplace” which is located at the heart of the festival