Galveston Greek Festival 2022 – Dates, Tickets, Food & More!

The 38th Annual Galveston Greek Festival 2022 celebrates Hellenism with food, wine, cakes and dancing. Presented by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Two full days of Opa! and YaSou!, the event features authentic food prepared on site, Greek wines, Greek beer, bouzouki, a Greek DJ, dancing, vendors, giveaways and tours of the church.

Father Stelios Sitaras, its pastor, will make educational visits to the church. The public is invited to attend the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, at 9 am. The Service lasts approximately one hour.


Galveston Greek Festival: A Brief History

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IT ALL STARTED WHEN… The first Greek immigrants to Galveston worshiped with the Serbs and Russians at Sts. Church of Constantine and Helen. These brave people who would become the core of today’s colony of Greek Americans deserve our highest praise for their bravery not only in coming to a new land, but also for their dedication to their faith, their high hopes for the future, and for surviving in the face of all the problems they faced during those difficult first years on foreign soil.

The president of the Greek Festival 2021 is Mary Jo Naschke. The event promises a rich cultural experience in an event that features the best in food, drink, entertainment and history. A celebration of Hellenism, the Greek Festival is designed to welcome visitors to a community steeped in tradition and brimming with hospitality.


Galveston Greek Festival 2022 – Food and Drink

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The experience begins at the entrance of the festival, where you are greeted by the pleasant aroma of home baking and the lively voices of old and new acquaintances searching for unusual gifts. You begin to detect the enticing aromas of typical Greek street food, such as souvlaki (skewer) and gyroscopes (beef and lamb served in a pita), which are grilled and served a la carte with fresh pita bread in the shade of the tent in the backyard.

To complete your sensory experience, pay a short visit to the drinks stall where you can choose from Greek wines, Greek beer, soft drinks and water. A full Greek dinner, including Pastitsio (baked pasta with beef), shots (cheese puff pastry triangles), Spanakopita (spinach triangles), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), Keftedes (meatballs), and Greek salad with olives and fetaIt is available for $24 per plate. The cost of a la carte souvlaki or gyros and desserts such as loukomades and baklava range from $2 to $16. Tickets are available in $2 increments and are redeemable for food and beverages. Although there is no admission price, donations are greatly appreciated.

Visit the Loukoumades stand outside where the bakers prepare your dessert to order while you watch after enjoying the dancing and delicious food. Kids of all ages love this sin on a plate, which is the Greek equivalent of beignets. Loukoumades is a delicacy not to be missed. It can be served with powdered sugar, honey, or both. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the bakery stand inside the Community Center for a variety of treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth for days after the event!

It is possible to buy baklava (phyllo dough filled with honey and walnuts), Melomakarone (spiced honey cookies with walnuts), Kourambiedes (butter cookies), curulaquia (twisted shortbread cookies), paximadia (spiced cookies), and Karidopita (pecan pie) by the piece or in a variety of boxes.

Believe that at the Galveston Greek Festival, no one goes home hungry!


Galveston Greek Festival 2022: Events, Entertainment and Shopping

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Souvenirs and merchandise from Greece are hand-selected for the Galveston Greek Festival. Icons, jewelry, Greek Christmas decorations, soaps, gift boxes and much more make unique gifts. Groceries such as olive oil, olives, pasta and other imported canned goods will also be available. Since supplies are limited, don’t hesitate to make your purchase right away!

Bouzouki and DJ entertainment is under the tent in the back.

As you know, the Greeks have a passion for line dancing that goes back more than two millennia. That’s why we’re going to encourage you to dance too. It’s not only a great way to digest your food and stay fit, but also a great opportunity to make new friends with the people whose hands you’re holding as you repeat the ‘step, kick, step, kick’ of the Bouzouki Beat.


Greek Galveston Festival 2022 – Dates, Location and Tickets

When is the Galveston Greek Festival?

  • Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where is the Galveston Greek Festival?

Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at 714 19th Street, Galveston, TX, 77550

Tickets:

Admission: Free – Donation


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