The 57th Annual Pensacola Greek Festival is fast approaching and preparations are under way.
Save the date, October 7-9, 2016. Do you want to help make this festival a great one? There are many ways to help! We encourage you to become a sponsor, follow us on social media, and come out to festival workdays. We cannot wait to see you all at this years annual Greek Festival. Here are a few items of note:
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 Rhodes which was once home to one of the Seven Ancient Wonders on the World, the Colossus at Rhodes.
The 57th Annual Greek Festival will take place on October 7-9, 2016 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 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Sunday. Admission is always free.
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. The dance floor is always open to anyone looking to have a good time between sets. The popular Kostas Kastanis band will be back again to play traditional Greek music throughout the weekend.
On the menu this year will b 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 Hellenic Center. Once again, Greek desserts will be sold outside under the main tent. This change has allowed us to shorten the wait for the dinner line and pastry lines considerably.
Every year the Pensacola Greek Festival gives a charitable contribution to a wonderful organization in the Pensacola area. This year we are supporting Pensacola Children’s Home Society.
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.