MANATEE -- Tasty delights, Hellenic dancers, young adventurers, musical bands and religious iconography will all be available for the thousands of partygoers expected at the 29th annual Greek Glendi Feb. 7-10 at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7651 Lockwood Ridge Road.
"We prepare everything from scratch," said Lakis Pabea, a native of Corinth,
Greece, and volunteer food manager for the festival. "We expect for the four days 50,000 to 60,000 people."
In addition to an array of authentic Greek food, the festival includes Greek music, Hellenic dancers, and more, said Denise Chimbos, one of the 2013 Glendi chairpersons.
"We have wonderful church tours for people to see our beautiful sanctuary. We have a kids' area on the weekend and we also have a variety of vendors," Chimbos said.
Featured at the GreekGlendi this year are thepastry booth, the Bakaliko market for gourmet items, Yaiyia's attic for bargain items, the kids' fun zone, and the Agora or Greek marketplace.
Coffee and tea are available at the Kafenion, while Ouzo and other imported Greek wines, beers and soft drinks also will be available.