Although you might want to get in your last barbecues while the sun’s still shining, the final weeks of summer mark some of the best festivals of the season. Don’t miss one of Indy’s best, the 33rd Annual Greek Festival, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, at Holy Trinity Church, 4011 N. Pennsylvania. With lamb, gyros, souvlaki and calamari, as well as famous pastries made by church members and wines such as the Hatzi Michaelis Naussa red and the sweet St. John Commandaria dessert wine, this is a food lover’s paradise. But don’t miss the live music, dancing, Greek market and church tours. General admission tickets are $5, but coupon booklets are $15 for $20 worth of tickets. Visit www.indygreekfest.org for full details.
Also, don’t miss the Taste of Mass. Ave., sponsored by Radio NOW 93.1, this Saturday, Sept. 9, 3-9 p.m. up and down Massachusetts Avenue. This inaugural event will feature all that Massachusetts Avenue has to offer, including foods from Cafe Olivia, The Rathskeller, Elements, Hoaglin To Go, Yats, Scholars Inn and R Bistro. Attendees will hear music from emerging artists such as Josh Hoge and local acts including the Virgin Millionaires, The Cleptoz and Peters Forrest. Enjoy an ice cold beer while watching the ComedySportz Comedy Troupe, graffiti artists and a flair bartender demonstration. Admission to the fest is $5 at the gate. Shuttles will be available every 30 minutes from two locations downtown (Monument Circle and the northeast corner of Alabama and Market streets) and on the east side of Glendale Mall.
This weekend is also the second weekend of the Oktoberfest at German Park, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, 4-midnight. Next weekend will bring two great international fests: the annual French Market at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4217 Central Ave., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, and the Indy Irish Fest in downtown Indy’s Military Park, Sept. 15-17 (www.indyirishfest.com for more information).
Tune in to Too Many Cooks on WICR, 88.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, when Patti & Gary welcome Steve Keneipp, chef at The Classic Kitchen in Noblesville and honorary chair of the upcoming Young Audiences of Indiana Chocolate Fest, along with Conrad Hotel Executive Pastry Chef Jimmy MacMillan. This year’s Chocolate Fest is Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Artsgarden.
Sign up now for a Dinner with the Winemaker at Chateau Thomas Winery, 6291 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, on Friday, Sept. 8. Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with award-winning wines hosted by Dr. Charles Thomas. Cost is $65 per person. Call 317-837-9463 to reserve your spot.
National pizza franchise Hungry Howie’s has arrived in Indianapolis, bringing its signature eight types of flavored crusts with it — everything from original to buttered-cheese to sesame. The Indianapolis location is at 6005 E. Thompson Road, 317-786-5800. With locations in 15 states and Canada, Hungry Howie’s serves wings, salads, breadsticks and subs as well.
Don’t forget to make your reservations for the “Clambake on the Roof” at The Oceanaire (317-955-2277), Sunday, Sept. 17 from 4-8 p.m. Also, don’t miss the chance to get Chef Neal Brown of L’Explorateur to turn your produce into a masterpiece on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Delivery of produce is due by Sept. 16. Call 317-726-6906 to reserve your spot.