Best Ethnic Food Festival in Joliets? Lamb, Greek Chicken, Gyros, Saganaki
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Best Ethnic Food Festival in Joliets? Lamb, Greek Chicken, Gyros, Saganaki

Saturday and Sunday are the All Saints Summer Greek Fest. For the second year in a row, it will be held at Joliet Church, 102 N. Broadway.

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JOLIET — Now that Taste of Joliet has come to an end, area residents may be disappointed that all those delicious food options are gone for the year. Well, guess what, there’s no reason to be sad, because Saturday and Sunday is the annual All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 102 N. Broadway St.

Let’s talk about the stellar lineup of ethnic dishes: Gyro. Pork Souvlaki. Greek Chicken. Lamb. Pastitsio. Cheese and Spinach Tiropeta. Saganaki. Loukoumades.

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Lots of different Greek pastries.

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

The Saturday event will take place from 12:00 to 21:00, and the Sunday festivities from 12:00 to 20:00.

Photo courtesy of All Saints Summer Greek Fest

It’s free – yes, it’s FREE to attend All Saints Summer Greek Fest.

People are encouraged to park along Joliet’s Bluff Street. There is also parking at Bicentennial Park, as well as a free shuttle to and from the church grounds where the festival is held.

The church will provide two vans, provided by D’Arcy Motors, to transport guests to and from the church at 102 N. Broadway Street.

For the second year in a row, All Saints Church has hosted its annual Greek Summer Festival on its church grounds in the western part of the city.

For years, the event has been held along Black Road and on Stryker Avenue.

Thiakos said the gastronomic offering this weekend promises to be one of the best in All Saints’ history.

There will be two lambs on a spit.

Lamb and saganaki are two new dish suggestions for this weekend.

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

Photo courtesy of All Saints Summer Greek Fest

And The Dock, a long-beloved Joliet restaurant, will be at All-Saints and will serve at least 10 different flavors of margaritas.

This year, The Dock and its popular margarita trucks moved to Mokena after a successful five-year run at the Joliet Park District’s Inwood Recreation Center.

Beer lovers will find domestic beers such as Coors Light and Miller Lite, as well as Mythos Beer, an authentic Greek beer.

Photo courtesy of John Ferak/Patch

In addition to beer and margaritas from The Dock, All-Saints will be selling soda, water, and wine. There will be free face painting for kids from 3 to 5 p.m. both days.

There will be a DJ playing Greek and American music.

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

“We’re expecting a bigger crowd. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback that it’s on church property,” Thiakos said.

One of the most important aspects of the Greek All Saints Summer Festival is that you do not have to be a member of the church to participate.

Thiakos emphasized that the event is intended for the entire Joliet audience.

“It’s pretty much 50-50 between Greeks and non-Greeks,” he said. “It’s just neighbors, family and friends.”

Photo courtesy of All Saints Summer Greek Fest
Photo courtesy of All Saints Summer Greek Fest
Photo courtesy of All Saints Summer Greek Fest