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Kalos Orisate! Hellenic Festival Opens Today

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Kalos Orisate—welcome in Greek! This weekend, Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 11am-midnight, and Sunday June 5, noon-9pm, at the corner of Delaware Ave and West Utica Street, Buffalo’s Greek community will welcome everyone to their 33rd Hellenic Festival. The annual Greek Fest heralds the beginning of the festival season on the Niagara Frontier. It is the beginning of many such events for the entire family to enjoy!

You can step into an ancient culture and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the birthplace of democracy. This year you will be entertained by various dance troupes including the Fotia and GOYA Dancers who have traveled through time, all the way from Ancient Greece. You can acquaint yourselves with the Greek Orthodox Church. The Demalros Display will give you a pictorial and written history of Greece from the Golden Age of Ancient Greece to the present. Shop in the Monastiraki (boutiques). And while this festival is famous for its food, this year it will again go over the top. The traditional Greek method for roasting lamb will be demonstrated and served in the Plaka (food court). It’s like taking a trip to Southern Europe—all for a $2 dollar admission price.

This weekend visit the ancient world before you go home at night. You’ll be glad you did!

—john duke