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Summer is right around the corner, and with it, a plethora of great events. This summer marks the Denver Greek Festival’s 53rd year, and they are celebrating in style. The festival draws over 25,000 participants and celebrates all aspects of Greek culture while benefiting multiple charities. Starting on Friday June 15th at 11am, make your way to the gorgeous Assumption of the Theotokus Cathedral at 4610 E Alameda Avenue and immerse yourself in Denver’s Greek community.

Food and drink

The festival serves over twenty authentic Greek dishes and beverages to attendees. Snack on Sanganaki or a Mezethes plate. For an entree, try the Souvlakia or the Greek Chicken Oregetano. Split several traditional small plates with friends or family like Spanikopita, Tiropites, Pastitsio, or Keftedes. Wander around the festival until you’re hungry again, and then dine on a myriad of desserts. Try the Loukomathes–deep fried honey balls dipped in a honey syrup topped with nuts–or Galaktobouriko, a custard-filled filo pastry covered with honey syrup.

To drink, sip on traditional and authentic Greek beverages. For beer, there’s the imported Fix Hellas. Bartenders also serve Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, or imported greek wines. If you want to avoid alcohol, try a Greek coffee: sketto, metreo, or glyko. There will also be traditional Frappes,  bottled water, tea, soft drinks, and domestic craft beer.

Entertainment

Highlighting Greece’s love for song and dance, the festival treats attendees to a wide variety of talented performers. There are three dance troupes that dazzle audiences with traditional performances popular in specific regions of Greece. Additionally, three different musical groups accompany the dancers and perform songs on their own. The Cathedral Choir has a rich history at the church and has travelled the country sharing music from Greek composers. Etho Ellas is a band led by brothers John and Angelo Fotopoulos that features Greek instruments and traditional and modern songs. Lastly, the Brokalakis Trio brings the musical stylings of Crete to Denver in their second year at the festival. Tap your feet and sing along with all these talented acts!

Go shopping, take a tour, and participate in the raffle

Attendees have the opportunity to shop from over ten local merchants offering authentic greek wares. The boutique is a great place to sample Lanconiko Olive Oil, purchase handcrafted Grecian jewelry, or browse collections of art, lamps, costumes, or gifts.

Additionally, tours of their cathedral are available every other hour on the hour during the festival. Learn the history of the building, of Greek orthodoxy, and about various aspects of Grecian worship. It is truly an unforgettable experience that immerses you in another time and place.

Lastly, be sure to purchase raffle tickets! Over thirty prizes will be awarded, including gift cards to your favorite local retailers. However, the largest prize of all is the roundtrip airfare for two to Greece! You can purchase as many tickets as you like, and you do not need to stay at the event in order to win.

Admission is $3 for adults, and there are discount ticket packages for groups of two or more that include drinks and food.

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