San Diego Greek Festival Kicks Off in North Park

For the more adventurous, grilled octopus will be served for the first time in the festival’s history

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    San Diego can share in the spirit of Greece, or “kefi,” this weekend when the annual Greek Festival kicks off Friday.

    The festival, presented by San Diego’s St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, expects 12,000 guests this year. It will feature a wide range of entertainment for the whole family.

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    Traditional Greek food will be homemade by the women of the church. Publicity Chair Maria Platis said, “These recipes are passed down from their grandmothers who passed them down from their grandmothers.”

    For the more adventurous foodie, grilled octopus will be served for the first time in the festival’s history.

    Aside from food, a large selection of Greek wines will be available to taste. The festival will also highlight live bands that will play through the night. Musical guests The Olympians, Kompanía, and Drómia are headlining.

    For those seeking a more quiet experience, church tours will be given on Saturday and Sunday by Rev. Andrew.

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    The best part of all is—admission is free for the whole family!

    And get there early because there is limited free parking on Normal Street with shuttles running all day.

    It will run in North Park from June 7 through June 9. Hours of operation are Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    For more details and information about the 2013 San Diego Greek Festival, visit this website.