'Taste of Greece' Festival in Arizona

The 24th annual “Taste of Greece” festival hosted by St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7950 W. Pinnacle Peak Road in Peoria began on Friday and continues until Sunday.

Mediterranean cuisine will be served including souvlaki, moussaka, pastitsio, gyros, kalamari, roast lamb, salads, cheeses, and bread.

Desserts will include loukoumades (honey-dipped doughnut holes made fresh as you wait, baklava and cookies).

The marketplace will feature gift items such as jewelry and art; Greek food products; souvenirs; Greek music CDs; and clothing such as pashmina shawls.

Children, dressed in authentic Greek costumes, will perform traditional Hellenic folk dances.

The loukoumades eating contest is new this year. Door prizes will be offered.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the West Valley Child Crisis Center.