ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - They have been serving up spanakopita for 98 years in the Central West End. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church puts on this annual Labor Day Greek festival. Most of the food sold at this four day festival is hand made by the parishioners.
"A ton of charcoal, I think it`s literally a ton," says Carol Kamburis, Executive Chairperson St. Nicholas Greek Church. "I think its 8,000 shish kabob. It`s 400 pans of spanakopita, 150 gyro cones. We are voted best ethnic festival, best. So it`s something to be really proud of and free admission and free parking in the BJC garage lots of extra seating this year."
This is the first year the church has chosen to close down part of the street and add additional seating for the taste of Greece in the Gateway City.
Needing to work off some calories from your baklava binge? Then switch gears and head over to Francis Park in South St. Louis for the ride to unite Saturday morning.
"Our kids want to ride a bike just like anyone else so it`s an opportunity to share that message that we all ride together, we all ride the same road," says Debbie Naucke, Executive Director Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments.
Riders of all skill level are invited to share the same road at this free event but you must register ahead to partake in pedaling this course.
"You get ride six miles on the closed race course for the Gateway Cup to join professional cyclists of all abilities," says Naucke.
The Gateway Cup runneth over and around town as the cycling event takes over parts of Francis Park, Lafayette square and more this weekend.
But maybe you've been feeling a family oriented outing is in the works. Then the annual Japanese festival at the botanical garden might be up your alley.
"Everything from sumo to sushi, origami, taiko drummers," says Katie O`Sullivan, Missouri Botanical Garden Spokesperson. "We`ll have candle light walks in the Japanese garden and just a lot of different things for kids and families to learn something new about Japanese culture."
There will be an anime movie, cosplay fashion show in addition to the kimono fashion show celebrating its 30th year that this Japanese tradition has been a part of St. Louis Labor Day weekend.