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Tucson Greek Festival – Sept. 24-27

It’s Greek to me!  Save the dates – September 24 through 27 for Tucson’s Greek Festival. I can almost smell the spanakopita in the air.

What:  Greek Festival 2009
Where:  St Demetrious Church ~ 1145 East Ft. Lowell Rd
When: Thursday, Sept. 24 ~  5 to 10 p.m.
              Friday, Sept. 25  ~ 5 to 11 p.m.
              Saturday, Sept. 26 ~  4 to 11 p.m.
              Sunday, Sept. 27th ~  noon to 6:30 p.m.

One of the sure signs that fall is around the corner ( I hope) is the Greek Festival.  This annual celebration of traditional food, drink and entertainment is a wonderful showcase of Tucson’s vibrant Greek community.  In four days, the hardworking members of St Demetrious Greek Orthodox Church will share the delicious and exciting traditions of their heritage with the public.   This year, in addition to fabulous food and beverages, import shops and musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations featuring recipes for unique Greek dishes, have been added to the mix.

Dates and times for food demos and musical performances can be found on the website

Admission to the Festival is $3 per person per day.  Free admission to children under 12 and active duty military with ID.  On Friday & Satufday only, people who park and take the shuttle from Salpointe High School located one block south of Glenn on Mountain get free admission. On Thursday and Sunday only,  anyone who brings a can of food for the Community Food Bank will receive a $1 coupon for the purchase of items from the food line; limit one can per adult admission.

The 2009 Greek Festival is sponsored by KVOA, Citadel Broadcasting, Kalil, 7-Up, Angel Valley Funeral Home, Opa! restaurant, Parties Plus, Tile for Less and Varsity Clubs of America. Proceeds from the festival benefit various ministries of the church including the Hellenic Cultural Foundation which raises money for the University of Arizona Classics Department for ongoing archeological and cultural studies in Greece.

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