Shortly thereafter, with Salt Lake Valley becoming home to mining operations, Greeks flooded the place. By 1905, the first meetings were being held to organize the community, including a plan to build a Greek Orthodox Church. But it wasn’t until nearly 100 years after lonely Kastro settled here that the initial foundation was laid for what has become the annual Greek Festival.
Now, the event is perhaps Utah’s best-known and most popular ethnic celebration. Held in the heart of Old Greek Town, the festival has grown from a simple basement bazaar to a full-fledged, four-day celebration of all things Greek. But, besides being a great way for the Greek community to share its unique and cherished culture with the rest of us, festival liaison Alexis Chopin notes that it has become key in keeping the ever-growing Greek population tightly knit, as well.
“The festival comes together by the hard work of the Greek Community,” Chopin says. “From the youth dance groups that practice endless hours together to the parishioners that show up daily and cook together in preparation, it is a yearly reminder of who we are: our history, culture and our faith.” (Jacob Stringer)
Date: Sep 6, 2012
Address: 279 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Greek Orthodox Church