The Greek Food Fair, at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George on the northwest corner of 35th and Cottage Grove, takes place this weekend: tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m., tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Going strong now for 37 years, the event predates most of the culinary and cultural festivals that now populate the Metro.
Starting off humbly with a sit-down gathering inside the church over a meal of souvlaki, vegetable, salad and drink, the Fair has expanded to include carry-out meals; and outside tents featuring dancing, music, a menagerie of ala carte pastries and appetizers; a taverna featuring beverages caffeinated, alcoholic, and soft; and the most Americanized, and popular, of Greek cuisine, the gyro. Tonight offers a limited menu including saganaki and appetizer plates.
This year, the Fair includes a booth on Saturday and Sunday offering Ethiopian, Eritrean and Serbian sample plates. A full listing of the Fair's offerings can be found on the church's website at stgeorge.ia.goarch.org.