by John Tarpley
Now in its 27th year, we can call the Greek Food Festival an Arkansas institution, right? Once a year, what's essentially the best Greek restaurant in the state opens for three days, offering Mediterranean cuisine from gyros to pastitso (a Greek lasagna), sourota (a nutty pastry) to dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and that unbelievable mystery salad dressing, prepared and bottled at the church, that you wouldn't be wrong to stock up on while it's available. While we assume most people will be happy with nothing more than mouthfuls of olives and goat meat, the festival also offers dance and music from the Greek-American Folk Dance Society, the Dubkeh Middle Eastern Dancers and more. As always, the three-day-long event donates profits to a number of area charities.
And this year, folks on the go can again make to-go orders online at the festival website.