By Robert Dotson
Greek Fest in Lincoln Park was humble and welcoming. The festival resembled a farmers market, which likely helped bring in people from the neighborhood into the festival. There were stands of different clothes and accessories such as t-shirts, handbags, sunglasses, mirrors, pants, jeans and a few portraits that were made by a member of the community. One can clearly see the Greek culture and influence when looking at the festival and all the food that they are preparing for the guests. All this Greek culture along with music and open arms made the experience very memorable and easy to enjoy for everyone in attendance.
Paul Rentzelos, festival organizer and the parish council president, explained that the festival was organized in order to help the Greek community become more united, spread the Greek culture to friends and neighbors alike, and raise money for St. George Greek Orthodox community church. He said that he hoped that the festival would gather around sixteen thousand people over the course of the entire weekend.
Delicious food such as gyro plates, souvlaki, greek salad, rotisserie lamb, moussaka, and organic pita bread and other Greek treats were served in abundance, each with a genuine Greek feel to them. All this food and culture was accompanied by some good drinks and music courtesy of the band 16 Candles playing right next to the common area, very convenient.
The festival started out slow but as soon as everything was set up and ready it really took off with people. Nice people, good food, everything anyone could ask for on a weekend.