GreekFest to celebrate foods, traditions in Carmel Aug. 26-28

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By Mark Ambrogi

For Marika Kalyvas Bagios, the purpose of GreekFest is clear.

Members of the Senior Hellenic Dance Troupe Nathaniel Martine, FoFo Stergiopoulos and Victoria Martine perform at a past GreekFest. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Senior Hellenic Dance Troupe Nathaniel Martine, FoFo Stergiopoulos and Victoria Martine perform at a past GreekFest. (Submitted photo)

“The mission of the Indianapolis Greek Festival is to create a celebratory, family friendly event that shares our Orthodox faith and Hellenic culture — authentic Greek foods and pastries, traditional dancing and live music with the entire Central Indiana community,” said Bagios, in her first year as co-chair/president for the event. “This is the major fundraising event for our community, as well as a celebration of our Greek culture.”

GreekFest is set for Aug. 26 to Aug. 28 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3500 W. 106th St., Carmel.

“We estimate our crowds at 15,000 to 20,000 people per weekend,” Bagios said of the average attendance. “Since we do not charge admission, there is no way to have an accurate count. Attendance is dependent upon the weather and other activities happening in the city that weekend.”

This is the 43rd GreekFest and eighth at the Carmel church. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church moved to Carmel from 40th Street and Pennsylvania Street in December 2008.

GreekFest’s hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 27 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

GreekFest will feature imported Gaia wines, made from indigenous Greek grapes. The local craft beer list includes Quaff ON! Brewing Company, Oaken Barrel and Bier Brewery. The food court will feature many Greek favorites.

Among the performances will be students of different age groups from Hellenic Dance Program each day. The Omni Orchestra performs Aug. 26-27 and DJ Pete will perform Aug. 28. There will be puppet shows at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

For more, visit IndyGreekFest.org.

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