Opa! Photos from the Memphis Greek Festival

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 10th 2013 1113 0

Chances are, if you yell "Opa!" at this weekend's Greek Festival, at least 30 people will yell it back. Here's a look inside the festival, which celebrates Memphis' sizeable Greek Orthodox community.

You can buy pastries inside individually or by the box. I recommend getting a mixed box and taking it home with you.

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If you need a break from all of the dancing / drinking / music / eating, or, if you just want to see something very cool, go inside and take a tour of the church's sanctuary (definitely the calmest spot at the festival).

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Make a small donation and light a candle outside of the sanctuary.

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The outside food tent is selling a la carte snacks – spanikopita, Greek pizza, slouvaki, baklava sundaes (ice cream topped with baklava). There's also a tavern selling beer, wine, and flaming cheese.

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There's also a market in the outside tent selling all kinds of Greek goodness: vases, clothing, jewelry, Greek flags, fisherman hats.

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There's a second food line inside that sells plate dinners (an entree and two sides) and pastries. This year's menu has all of the festival classics plus a few new items.

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There's a live band in the outdoor tent and plenty of space for dancing If circular dances are your thing, they festival crew has helpfully taped off a circle in the middle of the dancefloor.

What: Memphis Greek Festival

When: Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11

Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (Highland and Sam Cooper)

How much: $15

Can I bring my family? Yes.

Where should I park? Wherever you can find space. When I was there, it looked like parking was allowed at Victory University, but you may have to park on a residential side street.

 


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Joanne says:

    So glad you got to come out! There's more information about parking and shuttle options on the Festival website: http://www.memphisgreekfestival.com/

  2. Joanne says:

    Thanks so much for coming out! More information about parking and shuttle options can be found on the Festival website:http://www.memphisgreekfestival.com/

  3. John Ed Farris says:

    Had a great time.  Like the new Priest.  Food was great (as usual).  God gave us great weather.  Only slightly damp Friday and wonderful weather Saturday. Could only attend Friday and had to leave by 3:00.  Music was GREAT.

    God bless.

    John Ed

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