By Beth Mack
August 27, 2021
Not wanting to deprive hungry Charlotteans for a second consecutive year due to COVID-19, the Yiasou (yah-soo) Greek Festival will be a drive-thru only event in 2021. A Charlotte tradition since 1978, the fundraising festival organized by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral has crafted a menu of traditional Greek foods for guests to indulge in without leaving their cars.
You can still enjoy your annual serving of Greek cuisine this year by driving up to the designated tent area located on Springdale Avenue between East Boulevard and East Worthington Avenue to order food.
For the ultimate Greek feast, you can select from platters of souvlaki (marinated pork skewers), chicken, or gyro meat, all of which include a side greek salad, tiropita (feta cheese pie), spanakopita (spinach and feta pie), and a dolomada (ground beef and rice stuffed grape leaf).
The menu is rounded out with a large Greek salad, gyros, Greek fries and of course, dessert. There’s always the popular sweet pastry baklava but don’t overlook the lesser known traditional Greek desserts like loukoumades (fried dough balls topped with honey), koulouria (twisted vanilla butter cookie), amygthalota (crescent shaped almond cookie), and galaktoboureko (baked filo dough filled with custard).
Festival organizers have also arranged for traditional Greek music and dancing on a stage located off of East Boulevard viewable from the road for a true taste of Greek culture.
Drive-thru hours (Springdale Avenue between East Boulevard and East Worthington Avenue):
Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.