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Dips, dancing, cathedral tours and more at 50th Indianapolis GreekFest

Indy GreekFest returns to Carmel Friday

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — The 50th annual Indy GreekFest will start Friday.

Lenie Tsakonas, the marketing director for Indy GreekFest, joined “Daybreak” on Wednesday. Tsakonas demonstrated how to make an authentic Greek dish called Tzatziki dip. Her recipe includes Greek yogurt, shaved English cucumber, minced garlic, and freshly squeezed lemon. It was delicious with pita chips.

The dip will be one of many that participants can try at the 2023 festival.

The two-day festival lets participants experience Greek culture with the help of food, lively music, and traditional dances while also sharing knowledge about the Orthodox Christian faith.

The festival at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church is considered to be one of central Indiana’s oldest and biggest ethnic festivals. The church is at 3500 W. 106th St., northeast of the roundabout at 106th and Shelborne Road.

Holy Trinity is a parish that’s been serving central Indiana for over a century. Greek immigrants established the parish initially located on West Street in Indianapolis.

In 1961, the parish outgrew its facilities and moved to 40th and Pennsylvania streets in Indianapolis.

Now, Holy Trinity and GreekFest are on a 20 acres in Carmel.

This festival is best known for authentic Greek cuisine, fresh pastries, and wines. Admission is free, but children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

More information on the location and parking can be found online.

Schedule of events


Cooking Demonstrations

  • 5 p.m.: Frappe Coffee.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Youvesti. Youvesti is a Greek dish made with chicken, lamb or beef, plus pasta and tomato sauce, and either kritharaki or hilopites.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Bougatsa. Bougatsa is a traditional Greek dessert made with a creamy custard wrapped in golden-brown crispy phyllo, sprinkled with melted butter, and topped with icing sugar and cinnamon.

Cathedral Tours: 5 -7 p.m.

Dance from The Holy Trinity Hellenic Dance Troupes

  • 6 p.m.: Junior (K-5) group.
  • 7 p.m.: Learn to Greek Dance.
  • 8 p.m.: High School Dance Group.
  • 9 p.m.: Adult Dance Group.

The schedule for Saturday can be found online.