By Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga
The annual Atlanta Greek Festival will look different in 2020 due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the baklava, gyros or spanakopita will go away.
Those Greek classics and many more will be available as the festival transitions into a drive-thru fundraiser and cultural event this weekend. From Friday to Sunday, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in DeKalb County will transform into a takeout-only restaurant staffed by volunteer chefs, with nearly two dozen Mediterranean dishes on offer.
The festival, which will celebrate its 46th anniversary, typically attracts hundreds of patrons and features Greek dance shows, music, children’s activities and other festivities. The other activities have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic and safety concerns.
The proceeds go to the church, located at 2500 Clairmont Road, along with its philanthropic partners. In 2019, the funds were donated to the Atlanta Mission, Andee’s Army and Street Grace, but the charities for 2020 have not been disclosed.
“During troubling times, we need one another more than ever,” the festival said on its website. “And although we cannot break bread, dance and be together this year, we will still enjoy the blessings of sharing a meal.”
This year’s festival, named “A Road Trip to Greece,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Food orders can be made at the drive-thru or online at atlantagreekfestival.org.