• Greek Festival of Saginaw

    Greek Festival of Saginaw
    4970 Mackinaw Road
    Saginaw, MI 48603
     
     
    Contact: David Nichols
    4970 Mackinaw Road
    Saginaw, MI 48603
    Phone: (517) 242-6342
    dpnichol@svsu.edu
     
    PRESS RELEASE
    For Immediate Release: May 13, 2019
     
    The Greek Festival of Saginaw will host its 41st Annual Greek Festival on June 14, 15, and 16 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 4970 Mackinaw Road, on the corner of Mackinaw and McCarty Roads. The Greek Festival offers a large menu of authentic Greek foods including gyros and pastries. This festival will again offer craft beers on tap.
     
    Live entertainment will include music from the Levendes Greek band.  Folk dances will be offered by various dance groups.  Audience members will have opportunity to join the dancing Friday and Saturday nights.
     
    The hours of the festival will be Friday noon to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Children 12 and under enter the festival free. Guests over 65 enter the festival free on Friday between noon and 5 p.m.
     
    This year the Greek Festival will bring back two old menu favorites, calimari (fried squid) and souvlaki (shish-kabob).  The festival will also expand its baklava options to three: traditional, baklava roll, and baklava sundae.
     
    The Greek Festival will offer a Kids’ Zone with bounce houses and obstacle course by Bouncing Bellas. The Kids’ Play Zone includes the Township Fire Truck, State Trooper Humvee, face paints, and Sparky the Fire Dog robot. All Kids’ Play Zone activities are free.  The festival will also offer Greek recipe teaching demos for both adults and kids.
     
    The Greek Festival contributes proceeds to local organizations and charities. In 2018 the festival donated to more than 20 organizations, including Bayside Lodge Clubhouse, Emmaus House of Saginaw, Families Against Narcotics, Good Neighbor’s Mission, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission Bay City, Hidden Harvest, Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation, Nouvel Catholic Central, One Week, One Street—Loving Our Neighbors, Pregnancy Resource Center of Mid-Michigan, and Shelterhouse Midland.  The Festival also contributed to local arts: Bay City Players, Pit and Balcony Theater, and The Saginaw Art Museum.
     
    The Greek Festival began in 1979 as a way of sharing the parish’s faith and culture. Greek immigrants began settling in Saginaw over a century ago. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is now 83 years old.

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