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Thousands expected at St. Nectarios Greek Fest in Palatine

Chris Marks and his son Matt Marks, 17, shave the meat used for gyros at the 2012 St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Greek Fest in Palatine.

Chris Marks and his son Matt Marks, 17, shave the meat used for gyros at the 2012 St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church's annual Greek Fest in Palatine.

 

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A crowd gathers at the 2012 St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Greek Fest in Palatine.

A crowd gathers at the 2012 St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church's annual Greek Fest in Palatine.

 

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By Daily Herald staff report

St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Palatine will hold its popular, three-day Greek Fest this weekend.

Thousands of guests are expected to attend the celebration of Greek hospitality and culture, which has been going on for more than 30 years.

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Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 21, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

The church is at Palatine and Roselle roads, and free overflow parking will be located at Marion Jordan Elementary School, 100 N. Harrison Ave., and Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road. Shuttles will be provided.

Authentic Greek foods will be available, and the taverna will serve Greek wines and beer. Dishes include pork shish kebabs (souvlaki), gyros, pastichio (Greek lasagna), salad, saganaki (flaming cheese) and spanakopita (spinach puff).

For the sweet tooth, there will be an assortment of Greek pastries including Loukoumades, or doughnuts that have been fried and dipped in warm honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Admission is $2 for people 13 years and older.

Live music will feature the band Exit 147 on Friday night and Greek music on Saturday and Sunday nights. Attendees also can enjoy dancing, live performances, games, shopping and raffles.

As in past years, the drive-through will be open until 9 p.m. on Roselle Road for those who can't stay.

For information, call the church office at (847) 359-5170 or visit stnectariosgoc.org.

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