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The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles

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  • The entrance to our festival!North Shore Voice

    The entrance to our festival!North Shore Voice

The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles



JULY 18-20, 2014

The St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Community of Niles invites you to share our Big Greek Hospitality, right in Niles! Experience the scents, sounds and tastes of a Greek village festival at the 2014 BIG GREEK FOOD FEST to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, July 18-20 on the church grounds at 7373 Caldwell Avenue in Niles.

Does roasted lamb sound good? We have it! How about souvlaki, Athenian chicken, homemade pastitso, mousaka, tyropita and spanakopita? Come and try it! Taste our mouth-watering, authentic homemade Greek pastries, or visit the Taverna and try the delicious octopus appetizer! And don't miss the best Loukoumathes in town!

Would you like to cook Greek food? Attend our Greek cooking demonstrations. Interested in the sights of Greece? View our beautiful and colorful films of the historic Acropolis, Mediterranean sun, the blue skies and sea, the scenic Grecian Isles. Do you feel like Greek dancing? For your entertainment, you can enjoy the Rhythmos live Greek band for your listening and dancing pleasure. If you aren't sure how to do the Greek dances then watch the professional dance groups perform and then join in to complete your Greek experience at the festival. On Friday night the Elias Dancers of Chicago, on Saturday night the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society, and on Sunday night the Dionysos Dance Troupe will be performing.

What about the children? Visit our "Kid's Korner" --a place where parents can bring their children to play in a secure area. The Kid's Korner will feature a magic show; face painting, crafts, a clown balloon artist, games and much more to keep the children busy!

We also welcome you to enter our church and see the beautiful, hand-carved woodwork and classic Byzantine iconography. Have a tour of the church with a brief explanation of its traditional Byzantine architecture and appointments.

Our church parishioners and volunteers extend a heartfelt invitation to bring your family and friends! Our Greek Food Extravaganza will open Friday evening, from 5:00 pm until midnight, Saturday evening from 3:00 pm until midnight, and Sunday, from 3:00 pm until midnight. Admission is only $2.00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for adults. Senior citizens are $1.00 and children are free. From 3:00-5:00pm Saturday and Sunday a goodwill offering will be in place of the normal admission costs.

There's plenty of free parking and a complimentary sip of wine at the gate. Plan to come and experience Greek hospitality at its finest!

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