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Taste of Greece: Many innovations added to this weekend's Greek Fest

Taste of Greece: Many innovations added to this weekend's Greek Fest

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SIOUX CITY | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church's 16th annual Greek Fest will have all of the dancing, live bands and authentic food that people have grown accustomed to.

But committee member Christine McAvoy said many innovations will be added to this year's event.

The three-day celebration of Greece will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 900 Sixth St.

"For many years, people have suggested a more convenient way to pick up meals," McAvoy said. "We'll be offering a limited menu for pick-ups for people driving up on Sixth Street."

In addition, chicken gyros will be on this year's Greek Fest menu, along with the more traditional lamb and beef gyros.

"We've added chicken gyros because so many people love chicken," McAvoy said.

People also love the multitude of Grecian sweet treats. McAvoy said many of the most popular pastries will now be prepackaged for convenience.

"We're hoping this will make the bake sale lines move more quickly," she said.

Mediterranean specialty food items like pastas, cheeses and coffees also are being made available for purchase at the festival's bazaar.

"A lot of these items are hard to find," McAvoy said. "They will be available here."

Also available will be frozen versions of many Greek Fest favorites.

"We've had so many people who tell us that they get a hunger for Greek food a month after the festival," McAvoy said. "Greek food freezes well, so you can eat it at your convenience."

Food demonstrations also will take place several times throughout the three-day festival.

"We have some of the best Greek chefs around," McAvoy said. "This year, they will be sharing their knowledge."

Even though Greek food isn't commonplace in the Midwest, the ubiquitous gyro is.

That's because the meaty and tzatziki sauce-filled sandwich is surprisingly versatile.

This will be the case from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Sunday, when special Greek-style "steak and eggs" gyros will be available.

"Greek Fest has been around for a while but we always wanted to make things different and more fun," McAvoy said. "I think people will be pleased with all of the changes we're making this year."

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