Grecian Yearns

It’s a little known fact that Perfect Strangers actor Bronson Pinchot based the character of Balki Bartokomous on villagers he encountered while on a Greek vacation.

That’s the sort of obscure Greek-related trivia that you’d only hear being discussed over gyros at this year’s A Taste of Greece Festival on Saturday, April 30, at Tempe Beach Park, 620 North Mill Avenue.

It’s not the only thing the two-day extravaganza has in store for those in attendance, as the fest is brimming with Greek folk dance performances set to boisterous traditional tunes, and free instructional sessions for newbies. Gyros, souvlaki, baklava and the libations of the taverna will provide proper fuel for the heel-kicking.

Fri., April 29, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., April 30, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., May 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2011
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Jose Gonzalez