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75th annual Greek Fest comes to Fort Myers this weekend

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Since 1975, the Annunciation of The Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church has been bringing Fort Myers a taste of Greek culture every year at the end of the winter. The Greek Fest is similar in many ways to any local church carnival. Rides and games provide both the attraction and a source of fund-raising that makes the enormous amount of work worth-while. But it’s the differences, mainly in food and entertainment that set the it apart from the ordinary.

The 39th annual Greek Fest begins this Friday, February 28, 2014, and will continue through Sunday the March 2nd. The authentic Greek menu provides delights such as gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, Greek salads, baklava and saganaki -- the one and only “flaming cheese.” Entertainment also provides a taste of Greek culture including live Greek music by the Alpha Omega Greek Folk Dance Troupe.

If you are a lover of Greek Food (or simply want to expand your horizon), you will want to stop in several times over the weekend and treat your palate to the wide variety of delicious, expertly prepared Greek dishes. The kitchen at the festival expects to serve about 25,000 people over the weekend. The variety of foods offered is impressive. In the sit-down café, you can try traditional Greek delicacies such as pastichio (a lasagna-like dish), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Greek-style chicken and moussaka (a beef and eggplant dish). You can also try souvlaki (pork or chicken kebab), lamb roasted on a spit and even a brandy-flamed cheese called saganaki.

The Greek Fest will be open between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the hours will be noon until 5 p.m. Admission for the entire weekend is $5. Children under 12 are free. The food prices are downright frugal for restaurant-quality Greek food. You will not only enjoy great food, but you will be helping support local charities as well. A portion of the profits from the food sales at the Greek Fest will go to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Meals on Wheels.

The Greek Fest will be held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Florida.

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