ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Get ready to kick off summer with all the baklava and Greek food you can eat at the annual St. Louis County Greekfest.
It’s taking place at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Memorial Day weekend celebration.
Thousands of orders of delicious Greek food are made entirely by volunteers.
“These are all of our traditional recipes. The older generation that is still alive, and came from Greece. It’s been passed down from generation to generation, and everything is still homemade, in-house,” said event organizer Greg Simos.
From baklava to the traditional Greek salad and cucumber yogurt sauce on your gyro sandwich, this festival is a way to share Greek cuisine, culture, and to raise funds for the church.
“What’s the best way? Greeks and food, it’s synonymous they go hand in hand,” said volunteer Diane Sieckman.
Sieckman and other volunteers prepared for the event months in advance.
“They brought their recipes with them [from Greece] and they just started working, passed them down from generation to generation,” said Sieckman. “Everybody’s a little bit different, but basically it’s the same thing that they brought over with them. [They] take a lot of pride in that, they do, they really do.”
This year they’re only offering curbside service. They started taking online orders Monday. People can drive up and pick up their food Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day. There’s a variety of plated dinners, appetizers, and desserts to choose from.
Diners can start picking up their orders from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday.