The International Greek Food Festival is returning to Little Rock once again. The next iteration of the beloved event will take place on the first weekend of October this year.


“The 2021 International Greek Food Festival looks forward to continuing its tradition of serving food, friends and the community,” festival chair Jerry Horani says in a statement. “The festival allows us to support fantastic charities with the help of our wonderful sponsors and the Central Arkansas community.”


The festival, put on annually by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, has been a recurring staple for nearly 40 years. In 2020, the festival was inducted into the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame in the Food-Themed Event category. This year’s event will feature all of the usual handmade delectables, such as gyros, pastitsio, spanakopita, baklava, the festival’s famous Greek meatballs, and more. New additions to the menu are falafel, chicken gyros, and a hummus plate. The food will be available for online ordering and drive-through pick up.


According to a news release, the International Greek Food Festival has raised more than $1.5 million for more than 30 charities that serve children, families and communities in Central Arkansas. This year’s event proceeds will benefit Centers for Youth & Families, Community Connections, Easterseals Arkansas, Humane Society of Pulaski County, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Wolfe Street Foundation, Youth Home, Inc., and Annunciation Ministries. Additionally, the Arkansas Foodbank will be collecting non-perishable food items at the event.


The 2021 International Greek Food Festival will be held on Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2. Preordering will become available in September. Visit the event’s website for more information.


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