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Saturday, June 8th is a day for families to come downtown and enjoy the sights, smells, and the excitement of being Greek for a day. Admission is free from 11:00am to 4:00pm, the cost to participate in activities will range from 1 to 2 entertainment tickets per activity and will benefit The Portage Aquatic Club.
Everyone knows how selective kids can be about the foods they like to eat. This year in addition to the traditional Greek entrees, children can choose from kid friendly foods like hot dogs, french fries and our own creation: The Yia Yia Gyro.
Many People are unaware that all of the food at the Dionysis Greek Festival is lovingly prepared by hand by Stacy in the old world Greek tradition. Stacy begins preparing all the entrees months ahead of time and does not stop until the last customer is satisfied and full.
View the menu for this year's festival at kalamazoogreekfest.com/menu
After the first year, people came and went and requested more Greek cultural events. Theo and Stacy decided to not only share the food and drink of Greece, but also the song and dance. Within a few years the festival grew in size and it could no longer be held in the restaurant.
After much consideration it was decided to make the festival a one day outdoor event. The festival eventually grew in size to a three day event where musicians, singers, and dancers would come via Greece and share the authentic Greek experience. When joining us at the festival this year, in memory of Theo, remember him singing and dancing with his glass of Ouzo exclaiming OPA!
The films “Never on Sunday” and “Zorba the Greek” introduced the Greek dance to moviegoers but most visitors to the Dionysos Greek Festival may not realize that Greek dance has retained much of its identity over the years, as has the Greek language. It is a living, vital force in the Greek way of life, and its spirit brings people together with a true feeling of camaraderie.
The Greek shows begin with a spectacular musical performance. The Levendes are a full Greek orchestra who give a unique flair to traditional and modern Greek music.
Twelve Hellenic dancers will entertain you with a variety of dances that reflect the Greek culture and customs in their traditional costumes. They will introduce you to some of the most beautiful dances of Greece.
No Greek show would be complete without traditional belly dancing performances. The Dionysos Greek Festival is proud to feature the West Michigan School of Middle Eastern Dance who will amaze and thrill you. They will even give you a lesson in this expressive and beautiful language of dance and make you a belly dancing artist in your own right.