“It’s all Greek to me” will have new meaning when the Atlanta Greek Festival returns for a weekend of food, music, dancing, history and shopping.
The Mediterranean diet is the healthiest in the world, studies have found, and might even help you battle depression. The 45th Atlanta Greek Festival traditional food tent will have everything from lamb or gyro (pronounced yee-roh, according to the event’s website) sandwiches to souvlaki and spanakopita. There will also be cheeses like mizithra, feta and haloumi you can buy. Make sure you save room for dessert. In addition to baklava, you can purchase loukoumades (small doughnuts dipped in honey and covered with cinnamon) and kourabiedes (Greek wedding butter cookies topped with powdered sugar), among other sweets.
While you’re eating, enjoy Greek music, singing and dancing. The band A Night in Athens features the music of Vasili Tsoukalas, Joanna and Nick Trivelas in an energetic showcase. Also performing will be the Kostas Kastanis Band, which has been performing for more than 30 years throughout Greece, and North and South America. Greek dance shows are scheduled throughout the weekend, as are cooking demonstrations and tours of the church.
Times and dates
5–10 p.m. Friday, September 27
11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday, September 28
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, September 29
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
2500 Clairmont Road
Festival admission is $5 each for everyone 13 years and older. Tickets and food packages can be bought in advance at freshtix.com.
- “Taste of Greece” package: $40, includes admission for four people and $40 of tickets
- “It’s All About the Food” package: $40, includes $50 in food tickets, but not admission
- “Festival Party” package: $20, includes eight admission tickets
Free parking & shuttle buses will be available at Century Center Office Park at 1800 Century Center Blvd NE off the Clairmont Road exit.
Limited valet parking will be available on the premises: 5–11 p.m. Friday, $20; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, $20; 4–11 p.m. Saturday, $30; and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, $30.
For more information on the event, check out the Atlanta Greek Festival’s website here.
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