Church hosts Greek festival
The aromas of smoked lamb and the sounds of traditional Greek folk music will be in the air at a local church this weekend.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, at 330 Lakeside Dr. NE, is hosting Yassou!, an annual Greek cultural festival, this Friday through Sunday.
The festival will feature freshly prepared Greek cuisine, live music, dancing and libations.
There is no cost for admission to the festival, but food prices range from $5 to $14, and people can also buy drinks.
Food and beverages
From gyros to saganaki and baklava, Yassou! features a variety of Greek food options for festival-goers, as part of what the festival calls “essentially” West Michigan’s largest restaurant.
Food options are separated into three sections: The Grill; The Restaurant; and The Bakery.
New menu items for this year include lamb chops, patates tiganites, horiatiki salad and fassoulakia me domata.
The festival will also serve specialty cocktails, The Frouzo! and ouzo, as well as two Greek red wines and two Greek white wines and a Michigan sangria. Founders Pale Ale and Alpha beer will also be available.
The festival kicks off today at 3 p.m. with the Levendes, a Detroit-based Greek band, performing through the night, which ends at 10 p.m. A Greek cooking class will be held at 4 p.m., traditional Greek dance demonstrations begin at 5 p.m. and dance lessons will be given, starting at 8:35 p.m.
On Saturday, the festival opens at 11 a.m., again with live music by the Levendes. Several Greek cooking classes will be held throughout the day, as well as Greek dance demonstrations. A wine tasting will be held at 4 p.m.
Sunday will feature a DJ playing modern Greek music from 12 p.m. until the festival closes at 4 p.m.
Parking and bus route
More than 1,000 parking spaces are reserved in the vicinity of the event, where volunteers will coordinate a shuttle to the festival grounds. There is limited handicapped parking available within steps of the main entrance.
Holy Trinity is also located near a bus stop for The Rapid's route 14.