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Annual Greek Fest on the horizon in Euless

Greek pastries ready for sale at a previous Mid-Cities Greek Fest. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church will host the 2015 festival Oct. 16-18.
Greek pastries ready for sale at a previous Mid-Cities Greek Fest. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church will host the 2015 festival Oct. 16-18. Star-Telegram archives

How about an ouzo slushie or some stuffed grape leaves?

Euless is gearing up for the 24th annual Mid-Cities Greek Fest on Oct. 16-18 at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive.

Greek Fest is a time for food, fun and dancing — with an emphasis on the food — said festival spokeswoman Harriet Blake.

“People stand behind booths cooking gyros. It’s good for the community and brings everyone together. It’s a good, cooperative venture,” she said.

The festival will go on rain or shine, she said.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather, but if it rains, blue and white umbrellas will be sold,” Blake said.

Besides lots of food, the festival features Greek dancing and a marketplace selling Greek souvenirs and foods.

Dancing is an important part of Greek culture, and children start learning the complicated steps at a young age.

During the festival, people can see many dance performances.

If you enjoy Greek foods but aren’t sure how to make spinach pie or stuffed grape leaves, church volunteers are putting on cooking demonstrations using recipes from Yaya’s or Grandma’s Cookbook, which was published several years ago. You can also try your hand at making lamb chops or shrimp with feta.

All of the proceeds from the festival go toward operations at St. John the Baptist, which has been in Euless for 30 years.

Elizabeth Campbell: 817-390-7696, @fwstliz

If you go

▪ The Mid-Cities GreekFest is Oct. 16-18 at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive. Parking and admission are free.

▪ Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 16-17. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18.

▪ midcitiesgreekfest.info

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