KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Greek Fest 2021 is underway at St. George Greek Orthodox Church and will last over the weekend. It kicked off on Friday, and participants will be able to enjoy good food and music through Sunday.
The fest will feature authentic Greek food and pastries, church tours, live music, traditional Greek dancing and costumes. There will also be plenty of opportunities for people to shop around for locally made crafts and art.
The marketplace will offer imported jewelry, gifts, and clothing. Officials said that credit cards will now be accepted for all food booths, including outside. it's a new feature for this year.
Guests can enjoy an authentic taverna, Greek wines, coffee, and frappes (iced coffee). Papou’s Pantry will offer authentic Greek products for purchase, officials said.
The fest will run from October 1-3, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
They are also showcasing a new sanctuary. It’s fully rebuilt and open for church tours. It has Byzantine iconography and hand-painted tiles that reflect the color of the Aegean Sea.
According to a press release, St. George college students will perform traditional and modern Greek dancing with the help of a live band.
Admission is $2 for adults and the entrance is free for children 12 years old and under. Officials said that $3 passes for the weekend are also available.
In regards to the parking, final arrangements can be found online. Organizers have added one location this year, for a total of five locations. Parking is free and the shuttle to and from the festival is also free.