las vegas greek food festival

Las Vegas Greek Food Festival Day Three

The festival will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The event is known for its delicious food offerings of gyros, spanakopita and baklava, among other popular dishes. They also celebrate with music, dancing and family-friendly fun.

“It happens once a year and it’s like all of a sudden you become Greek for the weekend. It’s about the food and dancing, but it’s also about having a good time and giving back to the community,” said John Koutsulis, one of the organizers of the event.

This year’s event will include tours of the Byzantine church, and the Run for Change 26.2-mile fundraising run. All proceeds from the race this year, which kicks off at Tivoli Village, will benefit the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

The event features more than three dozen food and drink items, including teas, Greek coffee, frozen ouzo strawberry margaritas, and retsina and other wines; baklava, Greek pastry puffs, kokakia (filled cake slices) and galaktoboureko (semolina custard baked in phyllo); and tiropita, spanakopita, loukaniko (grilled sausages) and grilled lamb chops.

The event also features live music, folk dancing, a tour of the Byzantine church, a market, a kids zone with rides, and raffles (including a grand prize of $25,000). Free parking. Entry tickets: $7 daily, $15 three days. Purchase/details/deals: or 702-221-8245.

Aromas of oregano, sizzling meat and strong coffee wafted through the Las Vegas Greek Food Festival on Sunday as the Las Vegas event marked its 45th year.

The festival, put on by the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, highlights Greek culture, featured buoyant music, traditional dancing, vendor booths and plenty of food.

It’s a labor of love that emphasizes generosity, a hallmark of Greek culture, said Gus Flangas, festival chairman.

“We’re a very positive and very fun-oriented culture,” he said. “Greeks are a very hospitable group of people. The festival is all about celebrating life.”

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