(Saginaw Township, Michigan, United States) – The 38th Annual Saginaw Greek Festival, which is being put on by Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, will take place this weekend starting on Friday, June 17, 2016 and ends on Sunday, June 19, 2016 on the church grounds at 4970 Mackinaw in Saginaw Township. The festival kicks off at 11 PM on Friday and lasts until 5 PM on Sunday.
During the festival, guests will have a chance to experience the Greek culture by eating delicious Greek food, listening to Greek music, and dancing traditional folk dances. There will also be opportunities to shop for Greek products from some of the vendors and to also learn about the Saint Demtrios parish. Visitors can take a tour of the church and ask any questions they may have about the church or the faith. Tours will take place on Friday and Saturday at 1, 3, 5, and 7 PM. Tours on Sunday will take place at 1 and 3 PM. There will also be activities for the kids and traditional Greek dance demonstrations by area performers. All proceeds of the festival will benefit the parish and help them meet their daily expenses.
For most of the visitors, however, the food served at the festival is definitely a highlight. For weeks leading up to the festival, volunteers begin their preparations. Menu items include gyros, souvlaki, Greek salad, spanakopita, and dolmades. Festival volunteers have made plenty of food, including over 5000 grape leaves for the guests to enjoy. There will also be Greek desserts, such as baklava, kataifi, galaktobouriko, and loukoumades. All the food is hand prepared especially for the festival. You can order your food in to-go containers to take home or you can enjoy eating it while listening to the music and getting up to dance some of the dances. There is also a kafeneio where you can buy traditional Greek coffees to enjoy after your meal.