2019 Greek Festival advance

Members of the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church prepare dolmades, a traditional Greek dish that includes seasoned beef and rice wrapped in grape leaves for a previous Greek Festival held semi-annually at the church. The 2019 Greek Festival is Oct. 18-20.

You can experience the culture and culinary delights of Greece without even leaving the county.

Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church is hosting its Greek Festival and Vendor Expo from Friday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4705 Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Lecanto. 

The expo runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. On Sunday, Oct. 20 the festival opens runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The festival is held twice a year in October and in February. 

“We feature homemade Greek foods that are prepared by parishioners,” said Mary Ladas, festival vendor chair of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church. “We start preparations in September with all the cooking.”

The festival features food that are Greek staples including chicken and pork souvlaki, moussaka (eggplant, cheese and potato casserole), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and much more. Make sure you save room for authentic Greek desserts such as baklava and koulourakia (cookies). 

The festival will also include a gyro booth, specialty Greek pastries from Hellas Bakery in Tarpon Springs, live music, Hellenic dancers, face painting, and craft and merchandise vendors. 

The festival also features a store filled with a wide variety of imported Greek foods, such as cans of stuffed grape leaves, oregano herbs and more for purchase to take home. 

“It is a wonderful festival… a lot of fun. It is a nice event for the people of the community to come to and enjoy themselves,” Ladas said.

“So proud of the Archangel Michael Community. Our parishioners take pride in keeping the Greek culture in Citrus County. We ask everyone to come ‘OPA’ with us!" said Deana Constantina Mavros, Parish President. 

The festival is primarily held inside with a handful of vendors outside and will occur rain or shine. 

Admission to the festival is a $2 donation with free parking. 

Each person who enters will receive a raffle ticket for gift baskets and other prizes that will be raffled off every hour. 

For more information about the festival, call 352-527-0766, and to reserve a spot as a vendor contact Mary Ladas at ladas_mary@yahoo.com.  

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