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Yiasou Greek Festival 2013

For one Weekend, Charlotte Goes Greek

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Yiasou Greek Festival 2013
Charlotte's Yiasou Greek Festival 2013
Address:
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
600 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Dates and Hours
September 5 to 8, 2013
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Admission:$3, children 12 and under free with adult.

The Yiasou! Greek Festival was named the best festival in Charlotte for 2012! Find out more about this award.

The Yiasou! Greek Festival started in the late 70s, and has become one of Charlotte’s largest and most anticipated cultural events, usually attracting over 50,000 people. The festival features Greek cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live music, entertainment, art, shopping and more. If you've always wanted to go to Greece, this is as close as you can get without boarding a plane.

Featured attractions for 2012 include:

  • Church tours of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church are conducted at the top of every hour.

  • Mount Athos Lectures – The Rev. Father Michael Varvarelis, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral will be presenting a series of lectures on the history of Mount Athos. Mount Athos is the center of Eastern Christian Orthodox Monastacism. It is home to 20 Orthodox Monastaries and only monks are allowed to live on Mount Athos.

  • Classical Greek Culture Lectures – Dr. Keyne Cheshire, Dr. Peter Krentz, Dr. Michael K. Toumazou, Mr. Larry Peroulas, and Mr. Chris Pangalos, will be joining the Warriors of Greece Living History Group and the Culture Room this year for a series of mini-lectures on various topics of classical Greece.

  • Greek Cultural Exhibit — One of the largest local collections on display, the Greek Cultural Exhibit will feature artifacts such as Greco-Roman spearheads and coins dating back to 500 BC and a living history presentation “Warriors of Greece”. Witness Greece’s most celebrated fighters, the elite Spartans in person. Experience the history and heritage of Ancient Sparta, and see why the Spartans were the most formidable warriors of all times. Also on display are artifacts and items illustrating the culture of the small villages of Greece, and interesting facts about the Greek language which is the origin of many words.
Of course, a highlight of the festival for many people is the food. If you're craving some authentic Greek food, this is the place. From roasted lamb, Grecian baked chicken, “Athenian” baked fish, Grecian-style pizza, gyros and soulvaki sandwiches on pita bread, Grecian-style chicken sandwiches on pita bread, tiropita (cheese pie), spanakopita and Greek salads to baklava, baklava sundaes, galaktobouriko, loukoumades and frappe, dozens of traditional Greek dishes are represented.

There's even a drive-through available this year. Pick up your favorite Greek foods on Winthrop Ave., between East Blvd. and East Worthington Ave. Dinner plates, sandwiches and assorted pastry boxes will be available.

There will also be a wine tasting booth, offering some of Greece’s finest wines. Wine is available for purchase here by the bottle. And, if you're looking to take a little of Greece home with you, there's the Bakaliko Grocery Store, offering Greek delicacies, including dolmades, pastichio, Kalamata olives, fine cheeses, and more.

From music to sports to arts to culture, there are always plenty of festivals happening around town. Click here for a month by month calendar of festivals in Charlotte. Know of a festival we don't have listed? Let me know at charlotte@aboutguide.com.

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