An­nual Greek Food Fes­ti­val Sched­uled In Modesto

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Bring the whole fam­ily and join in the fun at Modesto’s 53rd An­nual Greek Food Fes­ti­val, Sept.15 and 16, at the An­nun­ci­a­tion Greek Ortho­dox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. Known as one of the finest eth­nic events in the San Joaquin Val­ley, the Fes­ti­val has been hosted by the An­nun­ci­a­tion Church since 1966 and at­tracts in ex­cess of 8,000 guests.

En­joy a fab­u­lous Greek din­ner, served per­son­ally by mem­bers of the An­nun­ci­a­tion Com­mu­nity, and experience Greek hospi­tal­ity at its finest. The menu in­cludes Greek salad (com­plete with feta cheese and kala­mata olives), baked herb chicken, Greek home­style veg­eta­bles, rice pi­laf, Greek ring bread, and a delectable home­made Greek pas­try for dessert.

Visit the out­door cof­fee­house where beau­ti­ful Gre- cian mu­rals and live Greek mu­sic blend to cre­ate a vi­brant Greek am­biance. Experience rich, Greek cof­fee and hot, made-on-the-spot Greek dough­nut holes while be­ing en­ter­tained by a live Greek band and award-win­ning Greek dancers dressed in au­then­tic, hand­made cos­tumes.

Stroll through the out­door mar­ket­place and shop for im­ported jew­elry, cloth­ing, crafts and deli items.

Visit the bak­ery shop and take home your fa­vorite home­made Greek pas­tries. Choose from a va­ri­ety of de­li­cious treats in­clud­ing the mouth-wa­ter­ing baklava.

Op­tional tours are avail­able of the Byzan­tine-style Ortho­dox Church that is adorned with mag­nif­i­cent fres­coes cov­er­ing the en­tire ceil­ing of the ed­i­fice and most of the walls. A beau­ti­ful mo­saic icon of the An­nun­ci­a­tion greets visi­tors at the en­trance of the Church. De­signed in Italy, this mas­ter­piece of Byzan­tine art was cre­ated with more than one mil­lion pieces of glass tiles.

Take-out meals are avail­able at a con­ve­nient driveup win­dow.

Shut­tles to the church are avail­able from Pan­era Bread park­ing lot.

Ad­vance tick­ets are $15 for adults which in­cludes en­tire meal, live en­ter­tain- ment and en­trance to all venues, and are avail­able by call­ing 209-522-7694 or vis­it­ing www.goan­nun­ci­a­tion.org. Tick­ets at the door are $18 for adults and $9 for chil­dren un­der 12.

Don’t miss this unique week­end of food, fun and fes­tiv­i­ties at Modesto’s Greek Food Fes­ti­val, Satur­day, Sept. 15 from noon to 8 p.m. and Sun­day, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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