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Joliet’s Top Ethnic Food Festival? Lamb, Greek chicken, gyros, saganaki

Saturday and Sunday is the All Saints Summer Greek Fest. For the second year in a row, it’s at the Joliet Church Property, 102 N. Broadway.



JOLIET — Now that the Taste of Joliet is over, some people might be bummed that all those delicious food vendors are gone for an entire year. Well, guess what, there’s no need to be sad because this weekend marks one of the best ethnic food festivals Joliet will have this summer.

Talk about an All-Star streak of ethnic food:

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Gyro. Pork Souvlaki. Greek chicken. Lamb. Pastitsio. Cheese and spinach Tiropeta.

Saganaki. Loukoumades. A variety of Greek pastries.

“There is no entrance fee to enter the festival,” stressed festival chairman Tom Thiakos. “I think we should have a really good turnout this year.”

Saturday and Sunday mark the annual All Saints Greek Summer Festival. The event will take place on July 13th and 14th at the church property: 102 North Broadway Street. Saturday’s event is 12pm to 9pm and Sunday’s festivities are 12pm to 8pm

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It’s free — that’s right, FREE to attend the All Saints Summer Greek Fest. People are encouraged to park along Joliet’s North Bluff Street. There is also parking at Bicentennial Park and there is a free shuttle service to and from the church grounds where the festival is held.

The church will also offer two shuttle buses, courtesy of D’Arcy Motors, to take guests back and forth from 102 N. Broadway Street.

This is the second year in a row that All Saints has held the annual Greek Summer Fest on its church property on the city’s near west side.

Over the years it has been held along Lack Road and on Stryker Avenue.

The weekend’s food line-up promises to be one of All Saints’ best ever, promised festival chairman Tom Thiakos. There will be two lambs on a spit.

Lamb and saganaki are two of the new food choices introduced for this weekend’s food range.

“We have a good menu,” Thiakos assured Joliet Patch. “With lamb and saganaki, we expect a lot of the Joliet community to come out, and we expect big numbers because of the lamb.”

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And a longtime Joliet favorite, The Dock, will be at All Saints, serving at least 10 different flavors of its margaritas.

This year, Dock moved to Mokena after a successful five-year run at the Joliet Park District’s Inwood Recreation Center. For beer drinkers, there will be domestic beers such as Coors Light and Miller Lite as well as Mythos Beer, an authentic Greek beer.

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For drinks, All Saints will provide pop, water, beer, wine and margaritas from The Dock. There will be face painting activities for children at 3-5 pm both days, free.

Thiakos told Joliet Patch that last year’s event, back on the church’s property at 102 North Broadway Street, drew at least 1,500 people both days.

There will be a DJ playing Greek and American music.

“We’re expecting a bigger crowd. We got a lot of positive feedback about it on the church grounds,” Thiakos said.

One of the most important aspects of the All Saints Greek Festival: you don’t have to be a member of the church to participate.

The event is tailored for the entire audience of Joliet, Thiakos emphasized.

“It’s pretty much 50-50 between Greek and non-Greek,” he said. — It’s just neighbours, family and friends.

Image via All Saints Summer Greek Fest
Image via All Saints Summer Greek Fest
Image via All Saints Summer Greek Fest

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