Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This weekend: Get Greek, get 'cue

Yiasou, Charlotte's annual Greek festival held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Dilworth, kicks off Sept. 10 and runs through the 13th, offering a lineup of Greek fare from lamb to loukoumades. New this year: Reenactments of the Changing of the Guards -- complete with traditional uniforms and movement sequences -- that takes place daily in Athens before the Greek Parliament Building. Festival hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 11-12 and noon-8 p.m. Sept. 13. 600 East Blvd.; admission is $2; more info here.

And Blues, Brews & BBQ, Charlotte's annual Memphis Barbecue Network championship cookoff, will be open to the public on Tryon Street (between Trade and Martin Luther King) Sept. 11 and 12. Visitors will be able to stroll the lineup watching national teams compete for a $7,500 grand prize and the chance to go on to the Memphis in May championship in 2010. Local teams will also be cooking, in a different category. You'll be able to buy barbecue from vendors (not the competitors) as well. Winners will be announced about 6 p.m. Saturday. Info here.