Detroit -

The Troy St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will host Opa! Fest, the largest on-going Greek festival in the Metro Detroit area.

An expected  10,000 attendees will explore the culture, cuisine and hospitality of Greece during this three day event. Each Opa! Fest day is filled with live Greek music, traditional Greek dancing, cooking demonstrations, homemade Greek food and pastries, games and rides for kids and a large gift marketplace.

This year's Opa! Fest will feature two cooking demonstrations from the Three Greek Sisters, Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos.  The Three Greek Sisters will be at Saturday's Opa! Fest for cooking demonstration.

The three Greek-Canadian sisters have made a splash onto the culinary scene since the launch of their first cookbook.  The authors have become known as "The Three Greek Sisters" and have been coined "the ambassadors of Greek food."

Also, Peter Minaki, a Food Blogger and Chef who specializes in phyllo dough will be at this year's Opa! Fest.  Peter is also from Toronto and he will also have a few cooking demonstration times on Saturday June 22.  Peter's web site is: www.kalofagas.ca

Opa!Fest Activities include:

Feast on delicious and authentic foods of Greece, from scrumptious dinner entrees to delectable desserts.  Don't forget the Loukoumathes (a Greek donut)!

Learn techniques and secrets of Greek cooking from some of the best Greek chefs from the Detroit area.

The Kafeneio (Greek coffee house) for a real Greek coffee or a cold Frappe (iced Greek coffee) and the Taverna (Greek tavern) for individuals 21 and older.

Enjoy live music by popular local Greek band, Enigma.

Enjoy traditional music and folk dances performed by over 200 ethnic dancers.

Shop in our Plaka Marketplace, featuring authentic Greek merchandise, jewelry, artwork, apparel, books.

Take a tour of the St. Nicholas Church and enjoy the beauty of the magnificent and symbolic iconography.  This year also marks the 77th anniversary for St. Nicholas Church!

Children can enjoy games and rides in our supervised area.  This area is filled with inflatable rides, fun crafts, games and much more.


Opa!Fest Admission and Specials:

Festival hours are  4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

$2/admission, 12 and under free or free admission with donation of three cans of food to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
 
Free Admission for military service men and women and their families.  Just need to show your military ID at the front door area.

Free Admission 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 21st  and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Opa!Fest Food Special, Gyros ½ price Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd and 23rd from noon to 4 p.m.

Opa!Fest Parking:

Free parking and shuttle service from Walsh College throughout the festival. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is at 760 West Wattles Road.  For more information call 248-362-9575 or www.opafest.com.