Yiasou, Smarties! Back for its 36th year, The Yiasou Greek Festival is quickly approaching. It’s THIS weekend – September 5-8 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (600 East Boulevard). This is one of Charlotte’s largest cultural festivals and one you do NOT want to miss. Come for the food, stay for the festivities – there’s so much to do, see, and taste. And, yep, we’ve got a giveaway for three (3) lucky Smarties – this one is QUICK so make sure you enter right this minute :-)!
Use these Smarty tips that the Festival’s own gave us as the must-see-and-do’s of the Yiasou Festival:
– Pick up your “Festival Guide” at entrance of festival.
– Make the best of your visit by dressing comfortably and travel with compact strollers.
– Learn the history of the Greek orthodox religion by taking part in a church tour.
– Enjoy live Greek dancing on 2 stages every 15 minutes.
– Enjoy the sounds of the Mediterranean as you indulge in Greek cuisine.
– Hot dogs and pizza available for picky eaters
– Traditional Greek meal served in average home can be bought inside the Fr C hall
– Don’t have time to stay? Drive up and pick up your favorite Greek foods on Winthrop Ave. between East Blvd. and E. Worthington Ave. For faster service, print the drive-thru menu (located at bottom right corner of their home page), fill it out, and present it to an attendant servicing the drive-through line.
– Join the crowds as they witness the reenactment of the Changing of the Guards by the elite group of soldiers known as Evzones.
– Make it a special night for your loved one as you taste test some of Greece’s finest wines.
– Stroll through the many gift shops and take a piece of Greece home with you.
– Learn to cook like a Greek by purchasing A Taste of Greek Tradition cookbook.
– Pre-purchase ride tickets ahead of time.
– Allow the kids to enjoy the many cool rides @ the Children’s Play Land.
– Don’t hassle with trying to find a parking spot. Consider your admission ticket taken care of by catching a ride on the LYNX light rail (East/West Blvd Station) and using your LYNX ticket for a free admission into the festival.
– Consider your holiday cookie baking complete by stocking up on delicious pastries and freezing them for the holidays.
– Take a stab at winning a trip to Greece for just $2.00!
– Coffee drinkers must try a Greek Frappe and a baklava sundae for desert!
– Enjoy a lecture on Greece and browse the cultural rooms.
– Have your photo taken with a Greek Soldier!
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM Thursday, September 5th
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Friday, September 6th
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday, September 7th
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Sunday, September 8th
Festival admission is $3.00
Children 12 and under are admitted free, accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more detailed information on the Yiasou Festival, visit Yiasoufestival.org.
Three (3) Smarties will win six (6) admission tickets for the Greek fest and a $20 gift certificate to use on food. That’s a $38 value AND a super fun family night out.
Here’s how your enter:
2. In the comments section below, tell us your FAVE Greek food – is it the gyro? Baklava? We want to know what makes you drool!
That’s it! We’ll announce the winners via email on Wednesday, September 4! Good luck!