Opa! Gather your family and live a day the Greek way!
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is hosting the three-day “Greek Food Festival of Dallas” beginning Friday, Sept. 20. The festival, which includes cooking demonstrations, music and dancing, and a marketplace where you can purchase Greek goods, takes place on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church’s campus, 13555 Hillcrest Road at Alpha. It’s sure to be one of the best things to do in Dallas this weekend.
While this festival is packed with family-friendly — and affordable — activities (kids under 13 get in for free!), it’s the food that’s expected to draw the big crowds. And because all food starts at $2, you won’t break the bank.
You can also leave happy knowing your money is going toward a good cause. All funds raised from the festival help support the church’s outreach, ministries, and youth programs.
Obviously, volunteers will be serving up classic Greek food, like gyros and grilled lamb chops with plenty of Tzaziki sauce. But don’t miss out on the Greek potato fries ($5), which are fried in a special blend of olive oil and canola oil and dusted with unique Greek seasonings and served with Tzaziki on the side. Dolmathes — tender grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice and seasoned ground beef and topped with an egg-lemon sauce — will sell for three for $5.
If you want to save a little money, choose to simply enjoy some deserts and pastries, which range from $1 to $6.
And for those 21 years and older, there will be vintage Greek wines being served in flights and by the bottle, in addition to Greek beers.
As mentioned, there’s more than just incredible food to enjoy at the three-day festival.
Your kids will love their designated area where they can create sand art and crafts, have their portrait drawn by a caricature artist and have their face painted.
While your kids are having fun making crafts, check out the Angora Marketplace, which offers all of the exotic pleasures of a classic Greek marketplace. From gold and silver jewelry to pottery and clothing, you’re bound to come out with a souvenir or two.
Also inside Agora are the festival cooking demonstration. So, if you found something you enjoyed to eat, stop in and learn how to replicate it at home. Nearby, the Pantopolion — which is Greek for grocery store — allows you to buy unique Greek ingredients for those meals.
If you’re looking to create some great memories with your kids, then make your way over to the dance floor where you can expect the music to be lively and the dancing to be spontaneous. The Festival Dancers, made up of parishioners from the church, will perform regularly throughout the festival on center stage, but feel free to follow along while you watch.
For more information, call 972-233-4880, or visit the official website of the Greek Food Festival of Dallas.