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Savannah Greek Festival welcomes community to its 67th year

  • Greek dancing is just part of the entertainment at Savannah Greek Festival. (Courtesy of St. Paul’s Hellenic Center)
  • Savannah Greek Festival serves up sweet treats every year. (Courtesy of St. Paul’s Hellenic Center)
  • Savannah Greek Festival features the country’s traditional music. (Courtesy of St. Paul’s Hellenic Center)
  • Traditional cuisine is a crowd favorite at the Savannah Greek Fest. (Courtesy of St. Paul’s Hellenic Center)
 

Savannah Greek Festival welcomes community to its 67th year

03 Oct 2017

What started out as a simple backyard barbecue in the ’50s has grown into an annual Savannah tradition hosting hundreds of families.

Savannah’s only Greek festival takes place each October at St. Paul’s Hellenic Center downtown and celebrates the history and traditions of Hellenes past and present.

For three days, the center will feed the neighborhood with traditional fare, including spanakopita, Greek meatballs, gyros and tzatziki galore. Pick-up lunches are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 to 14, with ordering available online at savannahgreekfest.com. While convenient, the ambience of the fest will be missed, so come inside to be entertained.

Traditional music will play all day, every day along with performances and authentic Greek dancing by various troupes. Additionally, festival attendees can learn about the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church and see the interior of one of Savannah’s unique structures, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, which has been completely renovated. Guided tours will be held throughout the three days of the festival.

“There’s no experience required to get your Greek on,” said Tommy Danos, one of the 2017 Savannah Greek Festival chairs. “Our three-day event attracts thousands of visitors, who come out each year to enjoy the food, music, dancing and atmosphere of the Greek culture.”

Festival admission is free until 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with a requested $2 donation after 4 p.m. A $2 donation also is requested all day Saturday. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The family-friendly event has something for every member. For many though, an opportunity to sample a variety of sweet treats is a highlight. An assortment of Greek pastries will be available, including kourabiedes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar) and baklava (the traditional treat of pecans and spices baked in layers of filo.

These treats will surely make your time at the fest a little sweeter.

“Whether this is your 67th year or your first time here, we welcome you,” Danos said.

IF YOU GO

What: Savannah Greek Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12-14

Where: St. Paul’s Hellenic Center, 14 W. Anderson St.

Cost: Free until 4 p.m. Oct. 12-13, with a requested $2 donation after 4 p.m. A $2 donation is requested all day Oct. 14.

Info: savannahgreekfest.com

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