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The Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church youth dance team performs a traditional dance during the congregation’s annual festival on Sept. 27 and 28. Photo: Brian Park
The Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church youth dance team performs a traditional dance during last year’s Greek Festival. Photo: Brian Park

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Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church is set to host the annual San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival on Friday, Sept. 25, Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. The free weekend-long event invites the public to celebrate all aspects of Greek culture and cuisine—from dancing and live Greek music to wine tasting, Greek pastries and Byzantine art.

Guests will have the opportunity to try a range of savory and sweet Greek treats, including gyros, lamb chops, souvlaki, Greek salad and pastries like baklava made with old family recipes. Al fresco dining will be accompanied by Greek wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and traditional Greek coffee and iced coffee frappe. A taverna will also be set up with big screen televisions, Greek music and games liketavli and backgammon.

Alekos Galas returned to the Greek Festival to perform live. Photo: Brian Park
Alekos Galas performing at last year’s Greek Festival. Photo: Brian Park

Live Greek music will be performed by Takis Kokotas and Alex Galas on the bouzouki—a Greek instrument similar to the mandolin. For those not familiar with Greek dance, lessons will be offered. The Saint Basil dance troupe will also perform traditional dances from different areas of Greece.

A tour of the church will also be offered, including a presentation by Father Michael Courey, who will unveil and discuss two Byzantine icons to be used at St. Basil that were featured at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Guests can also peruse a Greek bazaar with an array of specialty items.

The festival is open on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. St. Basil is located at 27129 Calle Arroyo. For more information, visit www.sjcgreekfest.org.

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