Before the summer ends, how about a trip to Greece?
The 51st Rochester Greek Fest takes place from Aug. 22-24 at Sts. Kosmas and Damianos Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester, 703 W. Center St., Rochester. The festival runs from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
There will be live music from the folk band the Levendes throughout the festival, and Greek dancers will perform on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a fully-stocked beer garden and lots and lots of food. Along with Greek favorites such as gyros, souvlaka, lamb, Greek salad and Greek fries, there will be locally baked Greek pastries, including baklava and diples and Greek style chicken and lamb dinners. Both Greek and American beer will be available as well as wine and soda.
Local businesses donated enough items that there will be a silent auction each day of the festival. Other features include a kids’ carnival with games and inflatables, a marketplace selling books and folk art, and guided tours of the church with its unique architecture. There will be a cookbook for sale with recipes from each of the 20 ethnic groups represented in the Parish.
Last year for the 50th annual festival, volunteers sold more than 1,200 pounds of gyro meat and thousands attended the celebration, which began in as a parish picnic at Silver Lake in 1963. Greek fest has been held at its current location for the past 10 years. In recent years, the three-day festival has drawn between 6,000 and 10,000 people.
Free parking is available north on 7th street. Admission is free, and $12 coupons for food can be purchased in advance for $10 at rochestergreekfest.com.