Greek fest

Z.J. Louizes, 6, of Daytona Beach leads the dance carrying the flag of Greece during the 41st annual Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach last year.

The 43rd annual Greek Festival returns to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Nov. 7-10 at 129 N Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach.

Daytona’s Greek families invite everyone to be “Greek for the Weekend” and join in the celebration by eating, dancing, drinking and singing like a Greek.

The annual festival is one of Daytona’s most attended and enjoyed celebrations. A family friendly event, attendees will enjoy traditional, live Greek music, dancing, Greek beer, wine, ouzo and incredible selections of Greek cuisine, featuring favorite foods like Pastitsio, Dolmades, Gyros, Baklava and more. Back by popular demand is Moussaka, a layered eggplant and potato based dish with seasoned meat, béchamel sauce and grated cheese. Combination dinners, pastries and trays of prepared foods will also be available for individuals to take home.

Food items back by popular demand include “Kalamaki” on a stick! (small pieces of pork) with Greek seasoning grilled on a stick.

There also will be vendors with unique items for sale.

The festival will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking and shuttle buses will be available during festival hours.

Free parking at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1014 N. Halifax Avenue. Custom luxury air conditioned buses will run every 10 minutes to shuttle guests to and from the festival.

Tour St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church to discover the Greek religious traditions.

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