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Mississippi’s ‘Taste of the Mediterranean’ Greek Fest to kick off Friday

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Mississippians looking to immerse themselves in Greek culture and tradition are invited to attend this year’s “Taste of the Mediterranean” in Jackson on Friday, April 21.

Starting at 7:00 p.m., ticketholders for the “Evening at Mykonos” event will be able to enjoy Greek food from over 20 restaurants located throughout central Mississippi as well as listen to live music by the Patrick Harkins Band.

Those who purchased tickets for the Grecian wine tasting will be given a chance to experience what Greek wine has to offer with Sommelier Val Spellman at the Mississippi Agriculture Museum one hour before the official start of the festival.

“Our goal is to bring Greece to you the best we can and give you a true taste of the Mediterranean,” Kari Grillis of Holy Trinity St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church explained. “There’ll be a wine tasting with sommelier Val Spellman, food from over twenty restaurants, music, dancing, and a whole lot of other stuff to enjoy.”

Restaurants expected to serve small dishes throughout the festival are set to include the following:

  • Aladdin Mediterranean Grill
  • Aplos
  • Betta’s Simple Cakes
  • Briarwood Wine & Spirits
  • CAET
  • Crab’s Seafood Shack
  • Crazy Cat Eat-Up
  • Crechales’s Cafe
  • Elvie’s
  • Ely’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Enzo Osteria
  • Filo’s Mediterranean
  • The Flora  Butcher
  • The Fresh Market
  • The Gathering
  • The Iron Horse Grill
  • Koestler Prime
  • Kristos Amerigreek
  • Mayflower Cafe
  • MM Shapley’s Restaurant
  • Vasilios Greek Cuisine
  • Yia Yia’s Greek Kitchen
  • Zeek’z
  • Zeuz Mediterranean Kitchen

Grillis added that the festival will also invite attendees to participate in a traditional Greek plate breaking, cash bar, and dancing throughout the night.

“Plus we’re even going to do a traditional Greek plate breaking where we smash a bunch of plates. Trust me, it’s really fun! The Greeks have been throwing parties for thousands of years and we know you’ll enjoy yourself,” Grillis said. “And maybe the best part is that this event will benefit not only our church but also an organization called Joni & Friends that provides support to children and adults living with disabilities.”

Joni and Friends, an outreach program that aims to provide aid to those with disabilities, works with local churches and organizations throughout Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Memphis.

Greek-style boxed lunches by Filos Mediterranean will also be available for $18 at Holy Trinity St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for the wine tasting and small plates are priced at $75, while tickets for just the small plates cost $35.

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