The All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Los Angeles is holding its 47th annual Greek Festival in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday, March 18. As one of the premier Greek festivals in the entire country, the event will feature a number of Greek food vendors, entertainment and activities.
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St. George’s Greek Festival
One of the most enjoyable annual events on my calendar is the St George’s Greek Festival. The name is a mouthful and the food is a cut above the rest. The best part of the shindig is the family friendly atmosphere. Unlike the last time I visited, you’re not confined to your car, but can enjoy the fruits of the labor at a pace. This is not to say there aren’t a few snafus to boot. Fortunately, the church has a phalanx of volunteers to assist. During the week leading up to the big day, my favorite activity is to take in a game of catchall basketball or two with the wife. In the interest of a competitive sex test, I’ve only had the chance to hit the sack twice, but I was still a man at heart the whole time. For more details, check out the church’s website. If a beer and a kebab is a bit much for the budget, but a glass of wine or two is in order, the church’s wine shop is a cinch to navigate.
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church Food Festival
If you’re in the DC metro area, you’ll want to check out the Saint Sophia Greek Festival. This annual event is one of the city’s most noteworthy. It features a variety of activities, including dancing, music, games, and a large flea market. In addition, the festival’s signature wine-tasting sessions are an opportunity to sample some of the region’s best wines.
The Saint Sophia Greek Festival, which takes place over three days, is a great way to sample traditional Greek food and wares. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, including a live music stage, a flea market, and even moon bounces if the weather cooperates. And, if you’re looking to get a little more hands-on, the festival offers a wide variety of craft beer and wine.
Some of the food items you’ll find at the festival include traditional Greek casseroles, pastitsio and stuffed grape leaves. Also on offer is a smattering of gyros, moules marinieres, and loukoumades. One of the best things about the fest is that it is free.
Fresno’s Premier Greek Festival
Featuring authentic Greek food, wine, and entertainment, Fresno’s Premier Greek Festival is a fun-filled event that will entertain guests of all ages. Guests can expect to find a marketplace full of vendors, carnival rides, food booths, and live Greek music. This popular festival draws people of all ages to Fresno’s premier Greek Orthodox Church.
A la carte items include Lamb, Tzatziki sauce, and Greek salad. In addition, a Taverna serves wine and Greek beer. The annual festival also features Greek Dancers performing throughout the weekend.
The Greek dancers perform traditional village dances. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of Greek pastries, including baklava, loukoumathes, phyllo pie, and Spanakopita. There will be Greek music performed by the Olympians band.
During the Greek festival, attendees can take part in a cooking demo. They can sample souvlaki, calamari, and kourambiethes. Those who are in the mood for dancing can participate in the Greek dancers’ Table Dance.
Among the many activities at the festival are church tours, drama, and arts & crafts. There is also an exhibit from the Fresno Historical Society.