OPA! Greek Fest returns to Rochester, drive-thru model

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – If you love Greek food this is the perfect weekend for you.

The original Rochester Greek Fest has returned. The decades-long tradition began on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday.

For the second year in a row, the annual event takes place exclusively in drive-through. But according to the Greek festival Website, The menu is bigger this year. People can buy authentic Greek food like gyros, baklava, and kabobs.

All money raised by the Greek Fest will go to a nonprofit organization which offers free accommodation to the patients of the Mayo Clinic.

“The tradition has existed since 1957. You speak of more than 50 years of camaraderie and friendship,” said organizer Ari Kolas. “And we want to preserve our ethical culture. Together with all the new cultures of our church. This is our biggest party of the year. We love to share it with everyone in the community. “

The Greek festival takes place on Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.