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Euless’ Greek Festival October 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.

In Northeast Tarrant County, there’s almost nothing that’s been around for 15 years. That’s why this weekend is so important. Euless is hosting its 15th annual Greek Food Festival.

Before Southlake had a square, before Grapevine stores sold wine, Northeast Tarrant County gathered in Euless every year for wine, gyros, Greek chicken and fresh-baked baklava.

Officially, the event is hosted by the suburb’s Greek Orthodox church, St. John’s. But this festival draws from across the northern suburbs.

This year’s festival includes not only Greek lunches and dinners on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, but also cooking demonstrations by chefs from Chicago. An “Olympic Sampler” dinner of chicken, souvlaki, dolmades, spanakopita and tiropita with salad costs only $15. A four-piece sampler of handmade desserts sells for $10. Wines sell for $20 by the bottle or $4 per glass, so a family can share a homemade Greek feast for $50-$60. The festival also has music, dancing and a large children’s play area.

A special “Taverna Night” charity benefit Thursday opens the festival. Part of the $60 ticket price goes to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Admission and parking are free Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The festival is at 303 Cullum Drive, Euless, three blocks south of Euless Boulevard (Texas 10). Info: 817-283-2291 or www.stjohn.tx.goarch.org/2005_festival.htm.

Fort Worth’s own Greek festival will mark its 39th year next month.

The north-side festival near Rockwood Park begins at 10 a.m. November 10; the $14 dinner menu will include leg of lamb; a $9 lunch menu also will be served November 10-12.

The Fort Worth Greek Festival is at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2020 N.W. 21st St. at Texas 199. For information: 817-626-5578; www.fortworthgreekfestival.com.

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