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Asheville Greek Festival back with tasty treats, music, dance and more

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9/23/2011 - Asheville Greek Festival back with tasty treats, music, dance and more
by Tony Kiss | tkiss@citizen-times.com

The Asheville Greek Festival features lots of music, dancing and food all weekend long. 

The Asheville Greek Festival features lots of music, dancing and food all weekend long. / John Coutlakis/jcoutlakis@citizen-times.com

IF YOU GO

What: Asheville Greek Festival.
When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Ave.
Tickets: Admission free. www.holytrinity asheville.com/greek_festival/index.html.

ASHEVILLE -- Count on this: The Asheville Greek Festival will have plenty of tasty food to go around this weekend. Last year, the festival moved to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, drawing bigger-than-expected crowds and selling out some of most popular items.

"We ran out of a few things (last year) on Friday night, and prepared more food and ran out again Saturday," said longtime festival organizer Dino Zourzoukis. The festival is fixing "25 percent more" food this year to keep festival-goers filled and happy, he said.

Food is the centerpiece of this party, presented by Holy Trinity Church. The feast includes gyros, spanakopita, pastichio, moussaka, lamb and baklava. Food prices are mostly the same as last year, though lamb has increased. For fans of Greek fare, the festival is more important than ever since the closing earlier this year of the Three Brothers restaurant which Zourzoukis helped operate.

It wouldn't be a Greek Festival without music. Nick Demos and the Greek Islanders will perform. And there's dancing, crafts, cooking classes and demonstrations. The Agora marketplace is the spot to get real Greek olive oil or Greek/Russian Orthodox gift items.

It's also a good time to tour Holy Trinity. Tours will be offered at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. today; 1, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

As for parking, it can get tight around the church on Cumberland Avenue. Zourzoukis recommends checking out some of the surrounding streets, especially on Montford Avenue. Be careful not to block anyone's driveway.

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