Thousands poured through the gates to enjoy food and fun at the 43rd annual Fort Myers Greekfest on Friday.
The celebration began as a fundraiser to help build Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and still serves as the congregation’s way to raise funds for construction projects like the classrooms that were recently added to the campus.
Traditional music and dancing are everywhere, there are craft tables and carnival rides, but the real draw is the delicious Greek food. Gyros, souvlaki, stuffed grape leaves, moussaka, roasted leg of lamb, and baklava. All your favorites are here, made from old family recipes with care. You can even watch as they light your saganaki, a cheese fried in alcohol, on fire right in front of you.
The festival has grown tremendously, according to Parish Council President Nick Karras, who estimated that 15-20,000 people pass through the gates during the three-day celebration.
“The main thing is the camaraderie in our parish,” said Karras. “That people come together and volunteer their time, talents, and treasures to come together and celebrate our parish and our Greek culture.”
The festival is located at 8210 Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers, with free parking and shuttle rides to the entrance. Tickets are $5 and are good for the whole festival which runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
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