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Alex Valentine fires up another batch of saganaki, a cheese flambรฉ dish, one of the many Greek delicacies on the menu at last yearโ€™s Tucson Greek Festival at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road.

Get ready to say "Opa!" eat delicious food and party the night away at the Tucson Greek Fest happening this weekend.

What started as a small fundraiser for Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 41 years ago has transformed into an annual celebration that attracts more than 14,000 people โ€” now that's a lot of spanakopita.

Pam Andros, left, grabs plates of Spanakopita (a spinach soufflรฉ) to serve out while Jim Ruboyianes, right, keeps them coming during the 2014 Tucson Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

This year's festivities kick off Thursday, Sept. 21 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 24.

Eat your way through Greece as the fest will be serving up authentic Greek food. Buy platters of chicken, gyro and lamb or go ala carte and treat yourself to dolmathes, souvlaki and sooo much more. Greek beer, wine and drinks will also be available.

And they've got entertainment galore โ€” enjoy live music and performances from the Pan-Athenian dancers. Shop baked goods and market items till your heart is content. There's even a play area for the kiddos so the whole family can have fun.

Find more information here.

If you go

When: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 22, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 24, noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road

Parking is free behind the church, but it also fills up fast. Consider parking at Sacred Heart Church, located at 601 E. Fort Lowell Road, and taking a free shuttle in.

Cost: Admission to the $3 per person and free for children under 12 and seniors over 65. Admission is also free for active duty military, fire, police and first responders with an I.D.

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