(San Diego, California, United States) – The San Diego Greek Festival, which is put on by Saint Spyridon Orthodox Church, will take place this weekend from June 10, 2016 to June 12, 2016. On Friday, June 10 the festival will take place from 5 PM to 10 PM, on June 11 it will take place from 11 AM to 10 PM, and on June 12 it will run from 11 AM to 8 PM. Admission is free on Friday but on Saturday and Sunday there will be a $3 admission fee, but children under 12 are free. All proceeds of the festival and the $3 admission fee will be benefit St. Spyridon Orthodox Church.
This festival is looked at as a great opportunity for the people of the parish to share the Greek culture with each other and also with their guests and each year, the turnout gets even larger as word of the festival spreads. Guests can enjoy aspects of the Greek culture and enjoy traditional Greek food, listen to Greek music, and dance some of the traditional folk dances. There will also be some opportunities to buy Greek products at some of the vendors and there will also be activities for the kids.
However, many people are attracted this festival especially for the food! Volunteers begin preparing for the festival well in advance and cooking is a big part of that. Menu items include dolmades, or stuffed grape leaves, Greek chicken, fassolakia, which is a bean dish, and gyros, which is a popular Greek street food. There will also be plenty of Greek desserts, such as baklava, kataifi, and koulourakia. Be sure to sample some of the Greek drinks available, such as imported Greek beer, ouzo, and Greek wine. They will also be serving traditional Greek coffees. Guests can enjoy eating at the festival and they can also get some of the food to go!
Saint Spyridon is located at 3655 Park Blvd in San Diego, California. The festival will be held on the church grounds and church tours will be available for the duration of the festival.