Summer Guide 2012: Denver Greek Festival
Opa! One of Denver's oldest summer celebrations, the Denver Greek Festival allows people from all walks of life to eat, drink and dance like Greeks at least once a year.
"This is our 47th year doing the Greek Fest. We're one of the original ethnic festivals around," says festival chairman George Andretsos. "We cook all of our own food; everything's made fresh. All of our pastries, pastitsio, dolmathes everything's made by hand. We're one of the only festivals in the country that does that. It's something we're very proud of."
And when you're full of spanakopita and ouzo, there's plenty of entertainment to be had, including live music, traditional dancing and vendors selling paintings, photographs, jewelry and other wares.
Guests can also tour the resplendent Greek Orthodox cathedral and learn more about Denver's thriving Greek-American community, which counts among its ranks local celebrities Pete Contos of Pete's Kitchen fame and nightclub impresario Regas Christou.
This story originally appeared in the 2012 Westword Summer Guide, which you can pick up on newsstands now, and is filled with listings for hundreds of other events this season. You can also find our complete Westword Summer 2012 listings here.