Minneapolis Greek Festival
Taste of Greece is a three day festival of authentic Greek food, live music, and cultural events, hosted by St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church.
Schedule of Events:
Bake Sale and Sweets:
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Greek pastries, baklava sundaes (vanilla ice cream topped with warm baklava topping), or a bowl of loukoumathes, the quick fried Greek-style doughnuts dipped in honey and dusted with cinnamon!
Pastries available for immediate consumption or to take home include amygdalota, baklava (classic and chocolate), galaktobouriko, kataifi, kok (chocolate and vanilla), koulouria, kourambiethes, melomakarona, paximathia, and thiples. Find it all in the Terrace Room and Great Hall at the south end of the church campus.
Church Tours and Services:
Come into the church for a 20-minute tour that explains the architecture, iconography, Orthodox Christian faith, and more. Tours are interactive and questions are encouraged. Tours start at the top of the hour on Friday (4-8pm), Saturday (1-8pm) and Sunday (1-5pm).
There will also be two church services on the festival weekend and all are welcome to attend. The Service of Great Vespers, an evening prayer service of thanksgiving, is on Saturday from 5-6pm, and the Divine Liturgy is on Sunday from 9:30-11am. Services are conducted in English.
Bookstore and Greek Boutique:
Come inside and peruse a large selection of Orthodox Christian icons and books in the bookstore, located off the hall in the south church campus. Wander through the Terrace Room and enjoy a wide variety of Greek and other items from several vendors in the Greek Boutique. Plus, new this year, an outdoor Pop-Up Shop on Friday and Saturday nights will appear. Look for it!
All weekend, 30 minute food demonstrations and talks on iconography and Greek culture will take place in the Fireside Room, located in the south end of the church campus. Greek dance lessons will take place on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon on the outdoor dance floor. Plus, give your language skills a workout by testing out the posted Greek phrases and words on your hosts and friends.
Enjoy a glass or flight of Greek wine, fresh seafood (smelts, squid or octopus) made to order, and a gorgeous view of Bde Maka Ska. Enter the courtyard through the Narthex, just inside the main church doors.
Music and Dancing:
Throughout the weekend, live Greek music and dancing will take place at both the indoor and outdoor stages. Check out the beautiful costumes, enjoy the Greek beat, and maybe take a few steps on the dance floor yourself!
Chloe's Fight Big Fat Greek 5K:
Chloe’s Fight believes every child deserves the chance to fight. Medical research money will be raised on Friday night of the Greek Festival through the Big Fat Greek 5K on beautiful Bde Maka Ska (fka Lake Calhoun). All registrants receive complimentary Taste of Greece food/drink tickets. Register Here.