The taste of Greece returns to Temecula Oct. 8-9

Traditional dancing entertains the crowds at the 2019 Temecula Greek Festival. Valley News/Will Fritz photo

TEMECULA – The Temecula Greek Festival is returning to Old Town Temecula in October after a three-year break following the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event, which is sponsored by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Murrieta, will run Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street.

Attendees can enjoy Greek food, shop at vendor booths, dance to live music and more. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Greek breakfast food like baklava, diples or fried honey rolls and loukumades, which are fritters with honey and cinnamon, will be available for festival goers. Lunch foods available at the festival will include gyros, feta fries, lamb chops, spanakopita and others.

Greek or American beers, Greek wine, ouzo, soda and bottled water will be available for anyone who needs a drink to go with their meal. Close to two dozen shops will offer jewelry, handbags, clothing and more. There’s a children’s game area for youngsters, along with the Extreme Game Trailer, which has video games for all ages.

Free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Garage, which is connected to the Civic Center at 28690 Mercedes Street.

General admission is $3. Children under 12 can get in for $1 and seniors pay $2. Admission is free for U.S. military, firefighters and law enforcement officers with proper ID.

Submitted by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.