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 our faith and community by highlighting the wonderful works of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church community.
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.
In between dining and dancing, visitors can attend a twenty minute church tour to learn about the architecture, design and beauty of a traditional Orthodox Christian church. Members of the church choir will sing Byzantine hymns at the conclusion of each tour.
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.
This year’s financial contribution will be made to Guardian ad Litem of Northwest Florida. Each year a portion of the festival proceeds are donated to a local charitable organization. Also we will be collecting non-perishable food items for Manna Food Pantries in front of the hall.
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.