Opa! Photos from the Memphis Greek Festival
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.
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).
Make a small donation and light a candle outside of the sanctuary.
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.
There's also a market in the outside tent selling all kinds of Greek goodness: vases, clothing, jewelry, Greek flags, fisherman hats.
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.
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.