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2 popular food festivals happening this week

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 17:16:53-04

Two of the valley's most popular food festivals are happening this week.

The San Gennaro Festival returns to Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas beginning Sept. 14.

This year's fall festival is expected to be one of the largest with dozens of international food vendors, amusement rides and carnival games, a petting zoo and pony rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment and more.

Food available for purchase will include a variety of pasta, fried calamari, calzones, baked clams, pizza, stuffed artichokes, Italian fried dough, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, funnel cakes and more.

A fireworks show is scheduled for 9 p.m. Sept. 18.

Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15; 4 p.m. to midnight Sept. 16; noon to midnight Sept. 17; and noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 18. $10 general admission, free admission for children under 54 inches. Free parking inside of the park and $3 for parking off Craig Road and Commerce Street. Click here for more information.

The 44th annual Greek Food Festival is taking place Sept. 16 through 18 at St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church on South El Camino Road.

The festival features many popular Greek favorites such as gyros, souvlaki (pork or chicken), Greek salad, kalamari, dolmathes (grape leaves stuffed with rice and beef), saganaki (grilled Kefalograviera cheese), loukaniko (Greek sausage), spanakopita (spinach pie) and iced Baklava coffee; live music and dancing; folk dance performances; a fun zone for the kids; and tours of the church.

Festival-goers will also have the chance to purchase pastries such as loukoumades (deep fried dough) and baklava and a variety of cookies including Koulourakia, Kourambiedes, Ergolavos and Melomakarona (cookies).

Also, 1,000 tickets will be sold for a chance to win a 2017 Mercedes Series C Luxury Sedan.

Festival times are 3 to 11 p.m. Sept. 16, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 17 and noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 18. Admission is $6 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. Military members and immediate family members will be admitted free. Click here for more information.