For Houstonians who love Greek food like pastichio, souvlaki, dolmathes and loukoumades — or just want to find out what all those things are — the Houston Greek Fest held May 17 though 20 gives guests an immersive experience in taste and culture. It is held on the grounds of St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church at 1100 Eldridge Parkway, which will also be open for tours during the event.
Admission is free with a donation of three canned goods per person, which will be given to the Houston Food Bank. Without a food donation, admission is $3 per person. Early-bird tickets are available online for $20 and include admission for one adult, one dinner plate, and choice of a souvlaki, gyro, Greek salad, or assorted pastry box. Parking is available on site for $10 per vehicle with street parking on a first-come first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to indulge responsibly and utilize Uber or Lyft for safety and convenience.
An all-volunteer cooking team of nearly 50 serves up more than 15,000 meals throughout the annual event. “All of the food is made on site,” says festival committee member Chris Petros. “Anyone who knows about Greeks knows that the ladies who prepare this food take such pride in its preparation and such attention to detail. They don’t cut corners.”
The most popular dinner plates start at $14.
Besides consuming one’s weight in Greek delicacies, festival-goers can watch dance performances, shop from a variety of vendors and listen to live Greek music. Visitors can also take photos with the Warriors of Greece hoplite reenactment troupe on Friday and Saturday and learn more about Ancient Greek warriors during a presentation on Saturday, however, the group not be performing a reenactment.
“We want everyone to come and enjoy and learn about Greek culture,” says Petros. “And the food we have is the same that we make for our families, done with fresh ingredients and made with pride and love.”
Houston Greek Fest runs Thursday through Sunday, May 17 to May 20. Hours on Thursday are 4 to 9 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m.
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Photos from Houston Greek Festival – original article by HOLLY BERETTO