We’ve all been to the small, portable carnivals that appear as if by magic throughout the year in the yards and parking lots of our local churches and firehouses. These carnivals are in many ways similar. 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 best apart from the ordinary.
The Greek Fest is a Greek food extravaganza brought to Fort Myers each year by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Cypress Lake Drive. Today (Friday, March 1, 2013), is the start of the 38th annual Greek Fest which will continue through Sunday the 3rd. 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.
As reported by news-press.com, 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. The food prices are downright frugal for restaurant-quality Greek food. You will not only enjoy great food, but you will be helping to 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, the Cooperative Community Ministries and Meals on Wheels.
The 38th annual Greek Fest will be at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Florida.