Gyros, baklava, Greek doughnut holes… Need we say more? For 32 years now, the International Greek Food Festival has served “food, friends and community.”

This year it’s back with even more offerings for the whole family to enjoy. Ready to load up the kids? Here are five reasons why your family should visit this year’s Greek Food Festival:

1. Kid-friendly food options: If Greek and Mediterranean menu favorites such as spanakopita or hummus don’t appeal to your picky eater, head to the kid’s area. There will be hot dogs and Sundaes in Athens (Yarnell’s vanilla ice cream with baklava sprinkles) on hand. This year, there will also be an exclusive line of Loblolly flavors to try including chaklava, chocolate ice cream with baklava; Greek Yogurt with honey; and strawberry with feta. Yum! But, if you can’t make to the festival, you can also order all your favorites through Chef Shuttle.

2. Endless entertainment: From the Greek-American Folk Dance Society to the Dabkeh Middle Eastern Dancers, there will be entertainment available from the time the festival opens until it closes. Both parents and kids will enjoy this year’s headliner acts: the Donna Massey Band on Friday at 7:45 p.m. and the Big John Miller Band on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. Check out the full schedule at

3. Crafts and face painting: Need a break from all the eating? While at the festival, kids can partake in various crafts and activities, such as frame making and face painting. Families can also learn about the history and traditions of the Orthodox Christian faith through one of the church’s self-guided tours.

4. Rides and games: Be sure to wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes! Easterseals Arkansas, one of this year’s benefitting charities, will keep you busy with a rock climbing wall, bounce house, giant slide and other fun rides and games in the kid’s area.

5. Community support: Since it started, the International Greek Food Festival has donated nearly $1.5 million to charities throughout central Arkansas. This year, your family’s admission and food purchases will help support the Arkansas Foodbank, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Community Connections, Easterseals Arkansas, Harmony Health Clinic, Immerse Arkansas, Wolfe Street Foundation and Youth Home

Don’t miss out on any of the fun! Visit the 33rd Annual International Greek Food Festival on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. or Sunday, May 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1100 Napa Valley Drive in Little Rock.

Admission is $3 or three canned food items to the Arkansas Foodbank. All proceeds benefit charity. Parking, trolley service and kids under 12 are free.