LANCASTER – Thousands of people came out this weekend to enjoy a taste of Greece in the Antelope Valley.
The 54th annual AV Greek Festival was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and the John P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center.
“It’s an opportunity to relax, eat some good food and just have fun with your parea (circle of friends),” said organizer Bill Koukourikos.
The event featured live entertainment, dancers, Greek cooking demonstrations, church tours, children’s rides and door prizes.
The festival also featured more than a dozen vendors, offering clothing, jewelry, paintings and artifacts, and a Greek marketplace, where attendees could purchase Greek spices, foods, and t-shirts.
For the majority of attendees, the main attraction was the food. Festival offerings included gyros, souvlaki, spanakopita, pastichio, a variety of rich desserts, and Greek lamb on the spit.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
“This is a big fundraiser for us, but more important than that, it’s community for us,” said Koukourikos. “We bring the community together for a huge party to enjoy a little bit of Greek spirit, food and hospitality.”
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