International Greek Food Festival to Host First-Ever Tasting Event

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – For the first time in 35 years, the International Greek Food Festival will host a preview event for supporters to sample its newest menu offerings. During the inaugural event, attendees will also have the opportunity to view the church’s recently installed mosaic from Italy.

“For decades, our parishioners have poured their hearts and souls into this festival to give back to the central Arkansas community,” said Father Nicholas Verdaris of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. “We’re thrilled to share this one-of-a-kind mosaic, as well as some of our church family’s treasured recipes from around the globe at this brand-new event.”

The festival is adding six items to its menu and bringing back a crowd favorite, including the:

  • Gyro salad: A healthier take on the famous sandwich with lamb, beef and seasonings on a bed of lettuce with diced tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce
  • “Improved” Greek salad: Lettuce topped with generous portions of tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, purple onion, olives and pita bread
  • Lamb dinner: Traditional lamb recipe with roasted potatoes, Greek-style green beans, Greek salad and pita bread
  • Olympic Sundae: Yarnell’s vanilla ice cream topped with loukoumathes (i.e., Greek doughnut holes) and honey syrup
  • OPAtizer plate: A sampling of keftedes (i.e., Greek meatballs), dolmades, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, sliced tomato, cucumber and pita bread
  • Ouzo cake: Famous Greek sponge cake with Ouzo, a dry anise-flavored aperitif
  • “Vegeterranean” plate: A platter of seasoned rice, Greek-style green beans, Greek salad and pita bread

The tasting event will take place on Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, located at 1100 Napa Valley Drive in West Little Rock. Tickets, which will include wine, beer and small bites, can be purchased for $20 at eventbrite.com or at the door. 

Proceeds from all festival events will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Community Connections, Easter Seals of Arkansas, Humane Society of Pulaski County, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, Wolfe Street Foundation and Youth Home. 

As in previous years, admission to the festival from Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19 is $3 or three canned food items for the Arkansas Foodbank. Parking, trolley service and children under 12 are free.

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