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Tampa Greek Festival 

When: Nov. 9-11 2012
Price: $1 in advance, $2 at the door.
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Although both places can boast of a lovely climate, Florida and Greece have little in common. In terms of culture, one is known as the cradle of Western thought; the other, its trashed grave. One fostered the likes of Plato; the other got plowed to make way for Kardashianesque mansions. There are, however, a few similarities between the two. Austerity is of course the most obvious one, but we won’t talk about that here. The next most obvious parallel between the two is the ability to celebrate life - and I mean party - despite all the economic and environmental uncertainty. Tampa Bay’s substantial Greek population – epitomized in Tarpon Springs – also deserves mention. This weekend’s Greek Festival celebrates Tampa’s strong ties to Greece with food, music, and dancing (Opa!). Last year, it attracted 7,500 attendees. With a super-scant admission fee, a good crowd is a given once again at this South Tampa event. A buck (in advance) or two (at the door) get you in. Expect Greek staples like baklava, spanakopita, pastisio, and more. Live Greek music in and of itself is a draw. Sip robust brew at a kafenion (a Greek coffee bar) or take a tour of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church. Proceeds benefit Lifepath Hospice. The celebration lasts all weekend – from Nov. 9 through the 11th – so your window for getting in on yet another epic Tampa Bay party is substantial. —Kate Bradshaw

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