Greek Fest: June 21-23
There's a reason this is the 47th year that Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of West Allis puts on their annual Greek Fest. Milwaukeeans can't get enough gyros, lamb and chicken roasted on a spit, or the amazing Friday night fish fry. Throw in some family fun and carnival rides and it's a party! Opa!
One regular visitor describes the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's annual festival as "the biggest Greek restaurant in the city." Gyros, chicken dinners and baklava are the featured attractions at this festival, which operated for 40 years in the shadow of Annunciation, Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architectural marvel on the Northwest Side. Although it no longer provides a backdrop for the proceedings, Annunciation is never far from the thoughts of longtime festival goers.
It's well-known that if you want great lamb, you've got to get to Greek Fest early. But why wouldn't you want to? You can also try the pasticho (a bit like lasagna) and pastries like koulouria, kourambiethes and loukoumades (deep fried dough balls drizzled in honey).
There is also Greek music and dancing, rides, children's games, a Greek Market and more!
Where: State Fair Park, north lot
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Free. Parking is $5 for cars. Motorcycles park free.
Highlights: The move from the Annunciation grounds to State Fair allowed festival organizers to expand the midway, which is a hit with kids. The traditional dancing is popular, as well. The biggest draw at this festival, though, is the food. The gyros are a staple, along with chicken dinners and pastry. And don't forget the traditional Greek music all weekend long!
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