It’s a sure sign summer is finally coming: The busy festival season in Buffalo is officially underway.
The Greek Festival started at 11 a.m. Friday at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on West Utica Street.
Every year, big crowds come out for the celebration of all things Greek.
“They can expect to eat lots of delicious food. They can expect to experience Greek culture and part of our faith. It’s a big fundraiser for our church,” explained Karoline Faltas, a co-chair for the festival.
With adult admission only $3, festival attendees can get a lot of bang for their buck, and that’s kept people coming back year after year.
This is the 42nd year for Buffalo’s Greek Festival and this year’s event promises the return of all the traditional fun.
“We have live music, the live music stays late. The crowd’s always energetic. A lot of people come out, so I think they can expect a good time,” Faltas said.
You can also expect to leave with a better appreciation of Greek culture and a souvenir or two from the shops.
Festival attendees are encouraged to bring an appetite.
The Greek Festival is known for its fantastic food, whether inside at the kafe or outside from the Plakas under the tent.
“We have mousaka, we have souvlaki of course, we have lamb, pastitsio, anything you can imagine,” said El’excia Allen, a member of the Annunciation Buffalo Greek Dancers. “It’s like you’re in Greece.”
No trip to Greece would be complete without baklava, and at the Greek Festival you can enjoy that in a baklava sundae, dipped in chocolate, or in the traditional triangles.
There are so many authentic Greek pastries to try, you’re encouraged to eat some while you’re at the festival and then buy more to eat at home.
Fortunately, it’s easy to burn off some of those calories if you join in on the Greek dancing.
The Annunciation Buffalo Greek Dancers are performing several times over the course of the weekend and inviting everyone to dance with them. They’ll teach you all the steps.
“It just brings the energy out and it just allows everyone to feel like they’re Greek for a whole day,” Annunciation Buffalo Greek Dancer Niko Konstantopoulos.
The Greek Festival runs the following hours:
- Friday – 11 a.m.-midnight
- Saturday -11 a.m.-midnight
- Sunday -Noon-9 p.m.
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