Residents and visitors of Des Moines will have a chance to enjoy food and customs from the far-away land of Greece. Click to find out more!

Des Moines Goes Greek

As every resident of Iowa probably knows, the Annual Greek Food Fair/Festival in Des Moines has been a forty-one-year-old tradition.

The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George is hosting this event to show all the wonders of the Greek cuisine to Iowa residents.

On Friday, May 31st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, June 1st, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as Sunday, June 2nd, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Des Moines citizens have the opportunity to spend some quality time at the Greek Orthodox  Church of Saint George in Iowa.

Every year, something new is introduced to the people, and this year it’s no exception. In order to accommodate Greek Dancing, Cottage Grove will be blocked off. The crowd’s favorite is the Greek-style dancing, after all. There is a new tent at the parking lot to provide shelter in case of rain or strong wind. Moreover, there will be additional seating spots and service lines, just in case.

There will be plenty of Greek beer, Greek wine, Ouzo, Greek salads, Gyros’, Spanakopita, and Mezethes (appetizers). Like many years before, there is a special treat for visitors.

Namely, their Serbian neighbors will be presenting their more-than-delicious traditional food. Year after year, the demand for Serbian food has increased since Balkan cuisine amazes everyone that tries it.

41-Year-Old Tradition

Since 1978, the first weekend of June was reserved for this event. The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George, along with its lawn, come alive with the sounds, aromas, and the general splendor of the Greek Islands right there in the middle of central Iowa. Greek dancers and music entice everyone to join in on the fun, and it’s incredibly hard to resist the urge, even if you aren’t the most outgoing of people; there’s no excuse.

Volunteers cook for curious and hungry guests, and you can count on feeling welcome and thrilled once your mouth gets a bit of that tasty food from Greece.

The Greek Food Fair is the product of love, hosted and organized by Greek and Serbian Churches. It is, first and foremost, a family event, and you can even go on a tour of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George to get to see the unique and historic icons and interior.

Tickets go for $17 if you book in advance, and $20 if you purchase them on the day of the event. The available food and beverages are purchased separately.


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