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Greek Fest offers taste of Greek culture this weekend

By Annie Chang
Published On: Jun 07 2014 09:00:40 AM CDT

Here in Indiana we're about 5,000 miles away from Greece, but this weekend you don't need to hop on a plane to enjoy Greek culture. Greek Fest kicks off day 2 in South Bend.

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY -

Back for its 39th year, South Bend's St. Andrew Greek Fest is going on this weekend until Sunday afternoon.

Bill Giannakakis, one of the festival's organizers, showed WSBT what's cooking for visitors: some lamb, Greek chicken, spanakopita (spinach pie), shish kebobs, and of course, baklava and loukoumathes (honey puffs) for dessert.

The festival also offers live dance performances at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. on Sunday.

A live Greek band will perform from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Families can also peruse the gift shop, manned by Olga Stathis. She says many of the items for sale -- jewelry, glass art, miniature statues -- are made in Greece.

Visitors can also get a tour of the St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church.

The festival lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 52455 Ironwood Rd., two blocks north of Cleveland.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 after 2 p.m. on Sunday. Children under 12 get in free.