If all you know of Greek culture is confined to gyros and Saturday Night Live sketches, then head up to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2727 W. Winona St., this weekend for the 2011 Greekfest, a three-day event that celebrates everything Greek. Now in its 62nd year, the annual fest centers around Greek culture and of course lots of Greek cuisine. From souvlakia and baklava to loukoumades and galatobouriko, the fest will be teeming with classic Greek fare that will allow the unfamiliar to try something out of the ordinary.
The fest isn’t just one big smorgasbord; there will be a Kafenio (coffee shop) and an Agora (marketplace) to relax and peruse some jewelry, toys, books and Greek imports. Kids can learn about Greek culture at the Kiddie Corner Classroom on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and there will be a full bar for the adults. If you’re not too full from eating all day, there will be live bands playing Greek and American music for those that are ready to dance. The church will also be open for those wanting to add a bit of Byzantine iconography to a day of eating and drinking.
The fest runs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to midnight on Sunday.