Illinois Flavors of Greece Festival – OPA!
Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I were first-time attendees at the annual Flavors of Greece Festival presented by St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora. This two-day festival is held at the Kane County Fair Grounds in St. Charles and brings together the sights, sounds and flavors of everything Greek.
It’s no secret that I’ve always been a fan of Greek food. Growing up near Detroit, we would regularly go into the city to have dinner at Greektown and Trapper’s Alley. Very early I was introduced to flaming cheese and other Greek dishes at The New Parthenon and Pegasus as well as the sticky goodness of Baklava.
The Flavors of Greece Festival was a great time. We started by browsing a room filled with Greek and Greek-themed goods for sale. But the big draw was the main room that featured the food and dancing. We got to see some authentic Greek dancing put on by the Apollo Dance Troupe. The dancers wore traditional costumesÂ from some ofÂ the many regions in the country and were accompanied by traditional Greek music and singing. The day was capped off by sampling some of the great foods available including Souvlaki, Moussaka, Gyros and Ouzo. Over-all it was a great activity to spend an afternoon at and highly recommended if you have a love for Greek food and culture.