It’s almost the weekend here in Roanoke, Virginia, and it just so happens that the event calendar is telling us something:
Roanoke really, *really* loves to eat…and drink.
Especially at festivals.
Especially in September.
That’s why the Weekend Lineup today is all about food … And I’m crossing my fingers that the Valley stays rain-free long enough for me to chow down on some fabulous eats!
Here’s a selection of events I’m thinking of getting into this week:
Roanoke Greek Festival — Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church — Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Do you love souvlaki? Moussaka? Spanakopita? Baklava? Then by all means, get yourself to the Greek Festival this weekend, where you can sate your appetite, groove to traditional Greek music and dance, and make some new friends at the same time.
Admission is free, and hours and details are available at the link above. And — bonus! — if you’re too busy for a stop or if it dumps buckets of rain this weekend, you can still get your Greek food fix. Just call or fax in a drive-through order 30 minutes in advance, and the good folks at the festival will have it ready for pick-up.
I’ll raise a glass of ouzo to that. 😉
Roanoke 7 Summits Fall Hiking Challenge — Mill Mountain Trail — Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m.
Since I’ll be spending most of this weekend stuffing my face with fabulous food, it seems only natural that I’d dedicate at least a few hours to one of my favorite physical activities.
Have you heard about Play Roanoke’s 7 Summits Fall Hiking Challenge? It’s a community challenge to hike seven local peaks in seven consecutive weeks — on your own or with a group of fellow hikers.
You can register for $25 to get updates and a snazzy t-shirt … or for $6 per trail you can just join a group hike, meet trail buddies and enjoy a guided experience. I’ve never hiked with a group of new folks before, and while I have no idea of what to expect, I’m psyched to make some new friends and work off some of my baklava! If you’d like to register for Saturday’s group hike with me, there are still just a few spots — click here and sign up before Thursday.
See you on the mountain!
Taste of Roanoke Food Festival — Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges — Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Food tastings. Bands. Lots and lots of people, on one of the last warm Saturdays of the year… I don’t think I really need to know any more!
I’m planning to top off my hike with a trip to this local food festival, because really, we can’t get *too* healthy, now can we? Admission is $5, and tastings/food purchases are cash only, starting at $1. Check the Facebook event page for lots of important information regarding parking, drink selections, etc. I’m still waiting to see what’s cooking for this one … Can’t wait for the folks at Dr. Pepper Park to release a list of food vendors!
If that’s not enough in the way of fun, food and festival-going this weekend, here are a few more options:
Now Through Sunday
Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo” at Berglund Center (Times/Ticket Prices Vary)
Franklin County Agricultural Fair (Times/Admission Prices Vary – Ages 12+ $5; Ride Wristbands $10)
Party in Elmwood Park, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. ($5 for Adults)
Boones Mill Apple Festival, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Henry Street Heritage Festival at Elmwood Park, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. ($25 for adults)
Grape Stomping Festival at Beliveau Estate Winery in Blacksburg, 12 – 6 p.m. (Free Admission; Grape Stomping Tickets $5 for kids, $10 for adults)