Well, we had a blast at the Greek festival this year – from Greek wine to gyros, Greek pastries and of course dancing! Something new this year was the addition of a wine lounge in the front courtyard area. They had a tasting menu for both white and red Greek wines for $6 for 4 tastings. Typically that area of the festival is used for sweets and coffee, and judging by the line to get in I would say that the wine lounge was a great idea!
After the wine lounge we walked to the rear of the church to the beer garden, dance floor and to partake in some delicious Greek food. Dessert too of course! We saw this awesome 60′s white Vespa adorned by a Greek flag in the beer garden, I just had to take its picture, it was too perfect.
After dinner we jumped into the fun on the dance floor for a couple of Greek line dances. For the first time I really started to feel like I knew what I was doing! Which for me is a big deal. I usually feel a little lost on the dance floor. Guess I am starting to get the hang of it!
Did you go? Leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite part of the festival. Missed the festival? Don’t worry, the fun will continue again September 10-11 2011 with the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival in Cardiff, hope to see you there! Or visit this site for a full listing of all the Southern California Greek Festivals.
It’s almost that time of year again, save the date for the annual San Diego Greek Festival at St. Spyridon June 3-5, 2011 in San Diego! The Greek festival is full of good eats (including homemade Greek pastries and cookies!), libations, Greek dancing and a great place to share Greek culture with Greeks and non-Greeks alike. You don’t have to be Greek to enjoy the festival. But you definitely should come hungry. From the grilled lamb to the homemade baklava you will find many temptations to enjoy. You’ll want to try some Greek dancing to burn it all off! And don’t be intimidated. Greek dancing isn’t as hard as you might think, there are a few Greek line dances that are pretty easy to follow along. I hope to find time to do a how-to post on dancing, but in the mean time this article did a good job of outlining the dance types and etiquette, here.
Even if you don’t venture onto the dance floor, you can enjoy the live music and dancing. I especially enjoy watching the young dancers in traditional dress that typically perform during the day. One of my favorite things about Greek festivals is the music. And actually beyond the festival is the timeless element of the music. The same songs are enjoyed by multiple generations and will continue to be enjoyed by future generations. The lyrics are akin to folk music with their story telling, and very poetic. They are a deep part of the tradition.
Can’t make the June date? Don’t worry, if the fun will continue again September 10-11 2011 with the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival in Cardiff. Or visit this site for a full listing of all the Southern California Greek Festivals.