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Rochester, Minnesota's Greek Festival has been taking place the last weekend in August since before dirt. Well, not that long, but since 1963, and that's a pretty good run. A run that will continue this weekend.

Greek Fest Drive Thru 2.0

Last year, due to Covid-19, the Greek Festival went Drive-Thru. This year, the plan was to go back to normal, but the fates have decided that was not meant to be. So it's the second year of Greek Fest Drive-Thru Style.

What's not the same as last year is the menu. According to their website, the drive-thru only service will include a larger menu. A menu that includes...

  • The Original Gyro
  • Souvlaki (Pork  kebabs and pita)
  • Greek Fries
  • Spanakopita - (Spinach pie)
Homemade Meat Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce, tomatoes. (bhofack2)
  • Tyropita - (Cheese pie)
  • Paximadia - Biscotti
  • Baklava - (greatest desert on Earth and that's the dang truth!)
  • Kourambiethes - (Almost sugar cookies)
  • Wine, drinks, and more.

Rochester's Original Greek Festival Basics

LOCATION

  • 703 West Center Street, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Drive-thru entrance at intersection of 7th Ave & Center Street

HOURS

  • Friday, August 27th 11am – 8pm
  • Saturday, August 28th - 11am – 8pm
  • Sunday, August 29th - 11am – 4pm

PRICES

  • Except for wine, the highest price on the menu is $9.00 (for The Original Gyro...so a family of four = about $50 after desert).
Greek Festival Players, Blue Earth. Circa 1910 (Minnesota Historical Society - Click for link)

Something worth knowing...

"We Proudly Support Philoxenia Charities, the only non-profit organization in Rochester MN that offers 100% free housing to Mayo Clinic Patients without discrimination or any pre-condition requirements. Learn more, Join Us, or Donate at PhiloxeniaCharities.org" (Greek Fest Website)

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We're Getting Close to the End of Summer

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Which means winter can't be far away, right? And really...there are a lot of ways the two seasons are the same here in Minnesota!

Ways A Minnesota Summer Is Much Like Winter

It might not seem like it on the surface, but a Minnesota summer has a lot in common with a Minnesota winter. From a strictly meteorological standpoint, they are the polar opposites of each other. However, many common themes, elements, and principals thread their way through each of the seasons.

Some of the similarities involve the way we prep for each of the seasons. Other shared items involve rituals, chores, finances, and yes - even weather. (I know, you're thinking - how can the weather be the same in the summer and the winter; trust me - it can be - read on to find out how.)

One thing is for certain, though, as to how Minnesotans deal with summer and winter: True to our nature, we confront and embrace each of the seasons all at the same time.