Tucson Greek Festival fans will be pleased to know that the 38-year-old celebration returns in force after a year hiatus. The annual festival, which will take place September 25 – 28 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will include Greek food, music, dancing, and other festivities.
Over the coming weeks, the kitchen at St Demetrios, under the direction of Jim Gekas (former owner of the landmark Tucson restaurant Palomino), will be filled with the delectable aromas of dishes like Souvlaki, Spanakopita, Baklava, and more as the St Demetrios food committee prepares to feed the hundreds of anticipated guests.
The four day festival also features live music, the award-winning Panathenian Dancers and a Greek Market that features locally made spice blends and rubs, homemade hummus, candies, jewelry, collectibles and more.
The event was cancelled last year due to a fire that destroyed part of the sanctuary in May of 2013. Although repair has not yet been completed, the congregation has decided to move forward with the festival, which will help raise funds to continue the restoration.
General admission is $3 per person per day, with free admission for children under 12 and active duty military with ID. Seniors over 60 – free admission on Saturday from 4-6pm. A four day pass is available for just $5.00.