Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Take a cloth-free bite of culture with today's Groupon: for $15, you get admission for four and parking at the Indianapolis Greek Fest in Carmel on Friday, September 9, or Saturday, September 10 (up to a $31 value). Kids ages 11 and younger can waltz through the fest's gates for free. Your Groupon includes premium parking, but space is subject to availability and latecomers will have to park in the free shuttle lot.
Running strong for 37 years, the Indianapolis Greek Fest collects Hellenic food, music, and tradition under the benevolent bulk of the Holy Trinity Church. Tote along family members or a triad of friends to nosh on Greek cuisine while gazing at the fancy and authentic footwork of costumed dance troupes. Spiced hunks of lamb twirl send savory aromas wafting far and wide, and patrons can yank flavor from the ocean by nibbling on fried calamari. Flaky and feta-cheesy spanakopita rests easily between fingers, and flaming saganaki bounces frantically between daredevil fingers. Sugary bites, from honey-drenched baklava to buttery koulourakia, cloy pleasingly at the palate, and thirsty throats can quaff a Dionysian refreshment and revive parched stomachs with wine and beer. Transmute Grecian enthusiasm into dance by bumping up against the energetic sounds of Greek band Kosta and the Wave, or delve into the rich, storied and ornately painted tradition of Greek Orthodox Christianity with regular church tours of the Trinitarian sanctuary throughout the fest.
Groupon-clutching revelers can slide their cars or fleet of unicycles into the premium parking lot while space permits at 106th and Shelborne, conveniently located on Holy Trinity's grounds. Each admission ticket can be redeemed for $10 worth of dry-cleaning services at Fabric Care Center, which fearlessly purges tzatziki stains from any precious garment.