The 56th annual Greek Festival will take place on October 9-11 2015 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 1720 West Garden Street. This 3 day event draws upwards of 30,000 people from across the Southeast. Festival hours are 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is always free.
The Pensacola Greek Festival is a staple of the Pensacola Bay area’s fall festival lineup, mixing southern hospitality with Hellenic culture and cuisine. This year, the Pensacola Greek Festival will be celebrating the island of Skopelos which many of our parishioners still call home and where most of the movie Mama Mia was filmed. Skopelos is a beautiful lush island in the Sporades off the coast of Northern Greece.
The Pensacola Greek Festival is a wonderful opportunity for the Greek community to share their culture, traditions, heritage, faith, food, dance and the fun-loving spirit of Greece right here in our hometown.
Live Greek music and traditional folk dancing will be among the entertainment highlights of the weekend. Youth dancers dressed in traditional costumes representing various regions of Greece will perform dance sets throughout the weekend, and the dance floor is open to all between youth sets. The popular Kostas Kastanis band will be back again to play traditional and modern Greek music throughout the weekend.
On the menu this year will be traditional roast lamb, lamb shanks, baked chicken, dolmathes, moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, tiropita, and Greek salads. All of these dinner items will be served inside the hall. Once again, Greek desserts will only be sold outside under the main tent. This change last year allowed us to shorten the wait for the dinner lines considerably.
The outdoor taverna (between the church and the hall) will feature the popular gyros, souvlakia (kabobs) and sausage wraps as well as chicken tenders for the kids, Greek fries cooked in olive oil, and of course calamari.
Many of these specialty food items are prepared by the parishioners and by some of the popular Gulf Coast restaurants owned by church members. We will continue to publish many of our favorite recipes on our website, in our weekly email bulletins, on our Facebook page, and in the printed program.
Although food and music are crowd pleasers, they are not the only attractions offered at this festival. Visitors will be able to attend church tours lasting approximately twenty minutes and see the architectural design and beauty inside a traditional Orthodox church. These church tours give a brief overview of the Orthodox Christian religion itself, along with some history of the faith and culture. Members of the church choir will sing Byzantine hymns at the conclusion of each tour.
Advertising opportunities are now available for individuals and businesses. We do not offer vendor booths for selling merchandise. Our advertisers are recognized in the program booklet, with banners at the festival and on our website all year long. Visit our website for more information.
Volunteers are always needed to help with food preparations, setup on the weekends prior to the festival and throughout the festival weekend. Volunteers can receive email updates with festival news by subscribing to the festival email list on the festival website.
To stay up to date on the latest news about the Greek festival:
- Visit the festival website: http://www.pensacolagreekfestival.com/
- Subscribe to the email newsletter on the website
- Become a Fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pensacolagreekfestival)
- Follow us on Twitter @pcolagreekfest
Tickets, cash and checks are accepted at all cash registers. This year we will not be selling tickets by credit card. However there will be plenty of ATM machines available onsite.
Patrons should utilize street parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Those with special needs can be dropped off in front of the hall while their driver finds a parking space.
For more information visit the festival website at www.pensacolagreekfestival.com.
Photos from the 2014 Festival are available for download at
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