OPA! It’s time for the 39th Annual Atlanta Greek Festival, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation! Whether you’re a Greek food and culture aficionado, or completely new to the subject, the Atlanta Greek Festival is a guaranteed good time!
The festival will run from October 9th-12th at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral located at 2500 Clairmont Road, N.E. It will be filled with food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. Some of this year’s highlights will include a Children’s Tent run by the Annunciation Day School for kids of all ages to enjoy arts & crafts, face painting, and other activities. In addition, this year’s Festival will also host a Daily Loukoumades Eating Contest. Loukoumades are a traditional pastry made of deep fried dough with spiced with cinnamon in a honey syrup and can be sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar. In Ancient Greece, they were served to the winners of the Greek Olympics, and the poet Callimachus was the first to state that these deep fried dough balls were soaked in honey and then served to the winners as “honey tokens”.
Speaking of food, the Festival will include an extensive menu of traditional Greek favorites such as Souvlaki (a traditional Greek food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables on skewers), Gyros (meat roasted on a vertical spit, and is commonly served in a sandwich with tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce), and Baklava (a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey). If you don’t have the time to wander the booths for an afternoon, don’t worry because the festival will also feature a drive-thru with an equally mouth watering menu!
The Festival would not be complete without entertainment! There will be music, singing, and of course dancing to entertain festival-goers throughout their experience. Greeks call it Kefi – when the music is playing and the joys of life consume you making you want to jump, dance and yell OPA! Dance performances the Cathedral’s award winning dance group will perform over 200 traditional dances from all over Greece, Cyprus and Asia Minor, as well as Greek contemporary dances that portray the spiritual and mythical journey through Greek heritage and traditions.
Alpha-Omega Sound will once again be performing at the Festival as they have for the last 20 years. The group, comprised of local Atlanta Greeks, specializes in in traditional and contemporary Greek music. They play a variety of music from different regions of Greece, as well as songs from the popular artists of today. Their repertoire includes a vast selection of listening and dancing songs that have brought the Atlanta Greek Festival a sound and feeling of its own.
We can’t forget to mention the shopping opportunities present for after you eat, between the performances. There will be a Bakaliko, traditional Greek general store, and Outdoor T-Shirt & Souvenir Tent, among other shops and tents of jewelry and souvenirs.
For more information about the Festival check out its website!