The annual Greek Festival in Temecula will be held in Old Town this year, set for Saturday at the Civic Center.
The fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at 28690 Mercedes St. and will feature music from the group The Olympians as well as Greek food, pastries and traditional Greek folk dance.
There will also be lessons held on Greek dancing, organizers said.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is sponsoring the event, according to Diana Theophilos, president of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Parking and admission are free to attend.
"We started doing the Greek Festivals in Temecula in 1993 and stopped for awhile, then it picked up again as our community grew and we have been doing them for six years now," Theophilos said.
Holding the festival at the civic center will be great, she said, because, "it is a beautiful venue for us.
"We now can sell Ouzo, beer and wine and because we will be gated people are able to move around instead of being confined in one area."
Theophilos estimated about 1,200 people will attend from the Inland Empire, as well as San Diego and Los Angeles.
"Our current church has 77 families," said Theophilos.
According to her, there are some 90 families of Greek descent in Temecula.
"You do not have to be Greek to be Orthodox," Theophilos told Patch. "We all get along."
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