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Several weekend events in Tallahassee stimulate the local economy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Tallahassee and Leon Counties have a busy weekend ahead of them, with plenty of opportunity for residents and tourists to support the local economy.

Events include the Tallahassee Greek Food Festival, Florida State University’s Cross Country Invitational at Apalachee Regional Park, and Boz Scaggs’ return to Tallahassee at the Capital City Amphitheater.

As the local economy appears to be recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism dollars can be of great help.

Some of the events were canceled in 2020 and are making a highly anticipated comeback this year.

The Tallahassee Greek Food Festival involves hundreds of volunteers and months of planning. It will take place on Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Mother of God on 1645 Phillips Road.

“It’s a Herculean task. No pun intended! “Said Gyro Chairman” Manny Joanos.

The event attracts between 15,000-20,000 people each year; the church reckons with around 80% this time.

“We’ll have gyro, we’ll have souvlaki, we’ll have moussaka, we’ll have pastitsio. For the desserts this is our best and our main course, right? We’ll have baklava, kataifi, finikia and a lot more, ”said Joanos.

The festival doesn’t just focus on food; Live music and Greek dancing will also fill the two-day event.

“That’s all for us. It is our elixir of life. We look forward to sharing our culture with the Tallahassee community every year, ”said Joanos.

2021 also marks the largest cross-country season in Leon County’s history.

Florida State University’s Invitational Cross Country Meet will be held on Friday and Saturday at Apalachee Regional Park, with more than 5,200 athletes and 9,000 visitors attending.

Katie Kole, senior marketing director for the Leon County’s Division of Tourism, says the event will have a major economic impact.

“Leon County can expect an impact of $ 4.5 million from this meeting alone,” said Kole.

The races are open to the public, and people can do new renovations in the Apalachee Regional Park, including a new stage, restrooms, and a package pick-up area.

Entry to the NCAA Pre-National Races on Friday morning is $ 5, but entry to the FSU Invitational Pre-State on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning is free.

Saturday night also offers a great event; Boz Scaggs’ concert will take place at the Capital City Amphitheater. The location benefits from the almost complete Cascades Development.

“Now that we have the new hotel on site, we have options for eating, options for people who want to have a drink just before the concert,” explained Kole.

Tickets for the concert are still available; You can buy them here.

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