Milwaukee Event Calendar
June 22, 2012 11:00 a.m. - June 24, 2012, 10:00 p.m.
The 47th annual Greek Fest, now entering its fourth year at the State Fairgrounds, features a variety of Greek foods and entertainment, including authentic dance performances, games, rides for kids and live Greek music throughout the weekend.
The annual festival previously operated in the shadow of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architectural marvel on the Northwest Side. During the 1950s, Milwaukee's Greek Orthodox congregation lobbied Wright to design the new church. Wright designed the church, which he called "Little Sofia" after the Hagia Sofia Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul.
Though Wright died before the groundbreaking at 91st Street and Congress, the church was built according to his drawings and has been a beacon for architecture students and Wright aficionados since opening in 1961.
The traditional performances are popular, but the biggest draw at this festival is the food. The Friday fish fry is a staple, along with authentic Greek chicken, souvlaki, gyros, saganaki, lamb dinners and pastries.
Those with their tastebuds set on lamb, though, should plan to get there early, since the festival regularly runs out of the Greek staple around 5 p.m. There are plenty of other authentic options for late-comers, including the pasticho (a bit like lasagna) and pastries like koulouria, kourambiethes and loukoumathes (deep fried dough balls drizzled in honey).
Die-hard Wisconsinites won't have to stray too far from their comfort zones, either. The festival also offers up saganaki - an alcohol-doused flaming cheese.
Admission is free. Parking is $5 for cars. Motorcycles park free.
West Allis, WI 53214
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