Greek Food Festival of Dallas
It’s time for the 2018 Greek Food Festival of Dallas, and if stomachs aren’t already rumbling, they should be. The festival runs noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road. September 21, 22, and 23rd!
It will offer delicious Greek classics for purchase along with cooking demonstrations of baklava, pastitsio, spanakopita, dolmas and more. Greek band Thymios will provide festival music, and the Holy Trinity Hellenic Dancers will perform traditional Greek dancing. Tickets are $6 for people ages 13 and older, and food tickets are 10 for $10. Visit greekfestivalofdallas.com for schedules and more details.
Come and enjoy delicious cuisine and pastries authentically made in the festival kitchen, spirited live music and dance, fun kids’ attractions, and a marketplace brimming with imports and activity.General Admission and Food and Beverage tickets are now available. Free admission for kids 12 and under.
The festival runs Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
Admission is $7 for adults age 13 and up; free for ages 12 and under.
Buy admission and food tickets now and savor the magic. www.GreekFestivalOfDallas.com
Enjoy authentic Greek foods such as a gyro (yee-roh), lamp chops, or baklava from recipes passed through the generations; visit the Taverna for a sampling of imported Greek wine and beer; peruse the array of jewelry, fashion accessories, hand-crafted and decorative items, and cookbooks; shop the Pantopolion grocery for ingredients like imported olives, cheeses, spices, and olive oils that give Greek food its distinctive flair; hear live Greek music; see traditional Greek dancing; watch cooking demos; learn about Greek Heritage at the Hellenic Culture Center; or take a tour of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church to see its awe-inspiring byzantine iconography.
Sample the delicious tastes of Greece right here in Dallas! The Kouzina offers a variety of food and treats. Sink your teeth into the traditional gyro (that’s YEE-ROH) or grilled souvlaki (SUE-VLAH-KEY), enjoy a fresh Greek salad, and many more delicacies from our Festival Kitchen.
A-La-Carte Booths Number of Coupons (#)
THE ATHENIAN $10 (10)
Greek seasoned roasted chicken with rice, accompanied by stewed green beans and pita bread.
PAITHAKIA (Grilled Lamb Chop) $10 (10)
Two Greek style lamb chops grilled over hardwood charcoal seasoned with olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper, served with a lemon wedge. *THESE ARE A LIMITED QUANTITY SPECIALITY
Gyro Sandwich $7 (7)
Thin slices of spiced lamb and beef, served in a pita, and topped with your choice of onions, tomatoes and Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber sauce)
Souvlaki Sandwich (Chicken or Pork) $7 (7)
Delicious marinated “Greek-style” shish-kabob on a skewer that’s grilled to perfection on an open fire. Served in a pita and you top it with your choice of onions, tomatoes and Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber sauce)
Loukaniko Sandwich $7 (7)
Greek sausage grilled to perfection on an open fire. Served in a pita and you top it with your choice of onions, tomatoes and Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber sauce)
Lamb “Sliders” Sandwich $7 (7)
Roasted, marinated lamb off a rotisserie. Served on a bun with Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber sauce)
Pastitsio $7 (7)
A delicious baked casserole of macaroni layered with meat sauce and topped with béchamel (thick creamy sauce). A crowd pleaser and it is also great for the kids!
Greek Salad $6 (6)
Freshly tossed lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Served with olive oil and red vinegar dressing and topped with olives and feta.
Appetizer Sampling Plate $5 (5)
A combination of three delicious, fresh spreads. Served with pita, olives and feta cheese
NEW! Watermelon and Greek Feta (Karpouzaki!!!) $5 (5)
Fresh sliced watermelon topped with Balsamic vinegar dressing, feta cheese sauce, feta crumbles and fresh mint. Cool, Fresh, Sweet and Salty! A Greek Summertime treat!
Feta Bites 5 for $5 (5)
Creamy feta cheese rolled in bread crumbs and then flash fried. If this made it to the State Fair of Texas, it would win the annual “Best Fried Food Award”
Greek Potato Fries $4 (4)
Potato strings fried in a special blend of olive oil and canola oil, dusted with unique Greek seasonings and served with Tzaziki (yogurt and cucumber sauce) on the side
Dolmathes 3 for $4 (4)
Tender grape leaves, stuffed with a mixture of rice and seasoned ground beef, topped with our Avgolemono Sauce (egg-lemon sauce).
Spanakopita 3 for $4 (4)
Fresh spinach, dill and feta cheese filling wrapped in layers of buttered phyllo and baked to perfection!
Tiropita 3 for $4 (4)
A scrumptious, four-cheese (feta, parmesan, cottage and cream cheese) filling wrapped in layers of buttered phyllo and backed to perfection!
Spirited Music and Dance!
The renowned New York-based, Greek band, Thymios, will set the festival tone for spirited music and dance (and plate smashing!). Expect the pace to be lively and the party to be spontaneous! Keep an eye on center stage where the Festival Dancers — all parishioners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church — bring dance traditions from throughout Greece to life.
Go ahead! Follow the beat onto the dance floor and be inspired by your inner Zorba. OPA!
Traditional Greek Folk Dancers
The Greek Dancers are part of a dance group called the Holy Trinity Hellenic Dancers. Practicing and performing year-round, they play an important role in preserving traditional Greek dance customs.
In Greece today, and in Greek communities abroad, traditional dances are still passed from generation to generation. Some of these not widely known local dances are at risk to become forgotten. Fortunately, there are systematic efforts of local organizations, like our own, to encourage older people to pass their talent and knowledge to the next generation. The dances Holy Trinity Hellenic Dancers will be performing are from various regions of Greece —from the mountains of Epirus to the shores of the Dodecanese Islands.
Please visit this page in September for the Music & Dancing Schedule.
Aisles of Art, Imports & Activity
Its aisles brimming with imports and the creations of Greek and Greek-American artists and artisans, the Agora offers all the exotic pleasures of an international marketplace. Lose yourself in the marvelous array of gold and silver jewelry, worry beads, sailors’ caps, icons, pottery, t-shirts and more.
You’ll find the popular Festival Cooking Demos in the Agora. Here, Greek foodies share their secrets in ongoing demonstrations of everything from roasted leg of lamb to mouthwatering pastries.
Bring the taste of Greece home to your own kitchen! The Pantopolion — or grocery store — features many of the ingredients that give Greek food its distinctive flair.
Prepare your own tantalizing Greek feast with fresh and frozen foods, imported olives, cheeses, spices, and olive oils — everything needed for a well-stocked Greek kitchen. And don’t forget to check out the olive tree plants and the great selection of Greek cookbooks.
The Pastry Shop
It’s where honey-drenched baklava is just one of many delectable temptations. Try the other five varieties too, all made by our own festival bakers: kourambiethes, fenekia, koulourakia, sesame cookies, and paximadia.
Want to enjoy the tastes of Greece without leaving your house? Check out our fun and entertaining cooking demonstrations in the Agora, where Greek foodies share their secrets in ongoing demonstrations. Soon, you’ll be recreating your Festival favorites right in your own kouzina!
LEARN HOW TO COOK GREEK FOOD – COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
Friday, September 21, 2018
7:00 Baklava — Phyllo pastry with nut and honey filling (dessert) John Nicholas
9:00 Pastitsio — Greek Style Lasagna Jenny Sideris
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Noon Spanakopita — Spinach and Cheese Triangles Ellena Fox and Victoria Semos
3:00 Homemade Tzatziki Alexia Isaac
6:00 A Twist to the Traditional — Texas Tiropitas Pete Zotos
8:00 Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers Donna Lalangas
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Noon Dolmathes — Stuffed Grape Leaves Anne-Marie Cariotis
2:30 Karidopita — a moist and flavorful Greek walnut cake flavored with cinnamon and bathed in sweet syrup Father Daughter Team Alexandra and Kim Nikolis (My’ dad and I!!)
All Things Hellenic
Don’t miss the Hellenic Culture Center where you can learn more about our Greek heritage and how the contributions made by ancient Greek civilizations continue to impact our lives today.
Tour The Church
Click here for detailed information about Church Tours.
Want more? Don’t miss the Byzantine Music Seminars at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, 1:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Visit the Bookstore
Stop by Holy Trinity’s well-stocked store for books, gifts, icons, and so much more. The bookstore is located on the south end of the hallway that also houses the Hellenic Culture Center and church office.
Just for Kids
Visit our Children’s Area for all the fun designed especially for kids — sand art & crafts, caricature artists, face painting, and more. The Agora Marketplace also features a number of delights for young Festival-goers.