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Michiana Greek Festival gains al fresco seating and a drive-through

For the 40th year, Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church is bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Michiana.

The church will host its annual Michiana Greek Festival June 12 through 14, at 52455 Ironwood Road in South Bend.

Festivities celebrating Greek culture will include dance troupe performances, church tours, a marketplace of clothing, jewelry and assorted gifts, live Greek music from Ormi Orchestra and and extensive menu of traditional Greek fare like spanakopita, tyropita and pizza.

Michiana Greek Festival
June 12-14
Hours: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $3
Food tickets: $1 each (see menu for prices)

New to the 2015 festival is taverna-style al fresco seating where guests can enjoy their food with a group. Four-person and eight-person tables can be reserved in two-hour increments for $25 and $50, respectively, or $30 and $60 for two and a half hours.

Prices include seating, one bottle of wine, an appetizer sampler plate and fresh bread. Servers will also accept other orders of alcohol and selections from the standard menu.

Sinis-Terezis said although eight-person tables will only receive one bottle of wine, the sampler plate will be larger than that of the four-person portion.

This year, festival-goers also have the option get grub to-go at the new drive-through, choosing from a limited menu.  

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“It’s been successful at other Greek festivals I’ve helped organize in Ohio,” said organizer Spyro Sinis-Terezis. “I wanted to bring it to our church here and try it out.”

With items like leg of lamb, kabobs, gyros and baklava, convenience may be the only acceptable comparison to a fast food chain.

The full festival food menu offers around 13 different entrees and 13 desserts. Among them, nine of the entrees will be offered as dinners and include a side salad, green beans, rice and bread.

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