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Greek Festival of South Forsyth: it will have you saying "opa!"

If a vacation to Greece is not in the budget this year, it might not be a bad alternative to spend some time in Cumming for the annual Greek Festival. It’s an exotic “staycation” that will have you dreaming of whitewashed villas and saying opa!

Every year the congregation at Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church of Cumming transforms their 15-acre property into a quaint Greek village. The festival – Oct. 17-18, 2009 – is fast becoming a fall tradition among the residents of the metro Atlanta area. While it’s still worlds away from the cliffs and shores that lay along the Aegean Sea, the festival is an authentic peek into a lively and exciting culture that lies halfway around the world.

And what foray into the Greek society would be complete without the hallmark of genuine Greek food and entertainment?

Get ready to eat, dance and be merry, because the Greeks are known to throw a party! In addition to the performances of “The Grecian Echoes,” “A Night in Athens” quartet, the Hellenic Dancers, the festival also showcases the work and services of the Greek community in North Atlanta.

Over a dozen booths representing Greek business and culture will be set up, including Ann Zakreski’s Unique Mediterranean Cosmetics, Alexander’s Gift & Grecian Jewelry, Ancient Greek Coinage Numismatics and the Ricamo Greek Merchants.

The village will also feature a Greek restaurant (“Taverna” in Greek) where festival-goers may enjoy a lunch or dinner of souvlaki, pastitsio, gyros, loukoumades, and baklava. A café will serve traditional Greek liqueurs and coffee. And of course you can also find soft drinks, water, Greek beer and wine. But if you’re looking for something a little stronger, ouzo is the way to go.

A children’s area will entertain the young ones while you shop for Aegean art and taste test feta cheese with olives.

Admission into the festival is free. Food and vendor cost vary. 

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Christine Foster
Greece Opa Ouzo Saints Raphael Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church of Cumming baklava
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