2017 Albuquerque Grecian Festival

Friday October 6th – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday October 7th – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday October 8th – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the sounds of the bouzóuki, the tastes of authentic Greek cuisine, and the eye-catching sights of dancers streaming by in colorful costumes. Enjoy shopping for imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries. Learn about the changeless Orthodox Christian faith with a tour of our own St. George Church. And most importantly, be happy and have fun! Na Zíse!

$5 Admission ($2 for Seniors 62 yrs +)
Free admission for active duty military, police, fire, EMT personnel and kids age 11 and under.

Free Park and Ride in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Lomas and University NE.

Church Tours…     Learn about the Orthodox Church.
Taverna…     Dancing, demonstrations and lessons.
Coffee House…     Greek coffee and loukoumades.
Baklava Sundae…     Greek yogurt, too.
Pastries…     Delicious handmade sweets.
Deli…     Imported olives, cheeses, candy, spices and more.
Orthodox Corner…     Religious icons, books and incense.
Fine Jewelry…     Lovely gold and silver Greek/Byzantine designs.
Gifts & Souvenirs…     Greek-themed clothing, accessories and artifacts.
Fine Art…     Landscape and still life themes in oils and acrylics.

Music and Dancing

Dance has played an important role in the life of Greeks all through their history. We celebrate that at the Albuquerque Grecian Festival!

In ancient Greek societies dance was held in high regard. In fact, in his writings, Plato expresses his belief in the virtue of dancing by saying that a man who cannot dance is uneducated and unrefined. In Byzantine times, the Greek people danced in personal or public feasts associated around religious holidays. During 400 years of Ottoman occupation, the Hellenes continued the tradition of dance, even developing new dances praising the heroism of resistance fighters and their desire for independence and freedom.

In Greece today, and in Greek communities all over the world, traditional dances are still performed. Some dances are considered pan-Hellenic, such as the Kalamatianos (a 12-step dance that is traditionally the first danced by a bride and groom) and the Tsamikos (an intricate dance usually only performed by men), and are known among all Greek communities. In addition, each region in Greece has preserved its own dances, which are performed at local feasts.

Some of these local dances are at risk of becoming forgotten. Fortunately there are systematic efforts by local dance groups like our own to encourage older dancers to pass their talents and knowledge to the next generation. During Grecian Festival, the St. George groups will perform dances from various regions of Greece, from the mountains of Epirus to the shores of the Dodecanese Islands.

Interested in having a St. George Dance Group perform at your school or party?
Please contact the St. George Church office at 505.247.9411.

Buy raffle tickets to win up to $3,000! Just $5 each!

Dancer’s Schedule

Friday, Oct. 6
5:30 Levendákia
6:00 Aegean Sounds
6:30 Morákia
7:00 Astéria
7:30 Dance Lessons
8:00 Aegean Sounds
8:45 Palamákia
9:30 Aegean Sounds

Saturday, Oct. 7
11:30 Morákia
12:00 Levendákia
12:30 Aegean Sounds
1:15 Astéria
1:45 Aegean Sounds
2:30 Palamákia
3:00 Morákia
3:30 Levendákia
4:00 Astéria
4:30 Palamákia
5:30 Levendákia
6:00 Aegean Sounds
7:00 Astéria
7:30 Dance Lessons
8:00 Aegean Sounds
8:45 Palamákia
9:30 Aegean Sounds

Sunday, Oct. 8
12:00 Aegean Sounds
12:30 Morákia
1:00 Levendákia
1:30 Aegean Sounds
2:30 Astéria
3:00 Dance Lessons
3:00 Aegean Sounds
4:00 Palamákia

Morákia: 5-8 year-olds · Levendákia: 8-12 year-olds · Astéria: 13-18 year-olds · Palamákia: Adults

Greek Food Menu

Kóta Riganáti (Oregano Chicken) 12 tickets
Melt-in-your-mouth baked chicken delicately flavored with oregano, lemon and spices.
Served with festival rice and salad.

Psitó Arní (Roast Lamb on the Spit) 12 tickets
Tender leg of lamb cooked over charcoal, served with festival rice, salad and tzatzíki sauce.

Pastítsio (Casserole) 12 tickets
Slow-baked layers of macaroni and ground beef
in a savory Greek tomato sauce topped with
luscious béchamel. Served with rice and salad.

Souvláki (Skewered Meat) 8 tickets
Chunks of tender marinated pork (hirinó) or
chicken (kóta) seared over charcoal and served on warm pita bread. Topped with onion, tomato and fresh tzatzíki sauce.

Gyros 7 tickets
Sizzling slices of the famous beef and lamb combination on fresh pita bread. Topped with chopped onion, tomato and delicious tzatzíki sauce.

Megáli Saláta (Large Salad) 9 tickets
A tantalizing vegetarian combination of crisp lettuce, tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini and Feta. Topped with Greek dressing. Served with spanakópita and meatless dolmádes.

Spanakópita 4 tickets
Homemade! Spinach, cheese and selected
herbs rolled in filo.

Patátes (Potatoes) 4 tickets
Slow-baked oven potato wedges tossed with savory Greek spices.

Piláfi (Rice pilaf) 3 tickets
Our famous Festival rice.

Dolmádes 4 tickets
Grape leaves stuffed with rice and subtle spices.

Mezédes 3 tickets
Feta, pepperoncini, Kalamáta olives

Tavern

Local Craft / Domestic Draft Beer 5 tickets
Greek Draft Beer 6 tickets
Greek Wine 6 tickets
Ouzo 7 tickets
Soft Drinks 2 tickets
Bottled Water 2 tickets

Pastries

Baklavá
This most popular Greek dessert is baked with layers of walnuts, butter, filo, cinnamon and clove, then laced with lemon-orange honeyed syrup.
2 piece package 4 tickets
4 piece package 8 tickets
8 piece package 15 tickets
1 piece 2 tickets

Chocolate Baklavá
The original plus velvety chocolate drizzle. Pastry booth only.
1 piece 2 tickets

Baklavá Combo
Baklavá and Chocolate Baklavá. Pastry booth only.
2 piece package 4 tickets
4 piece package 8 tickets
8 piece package 15 tickets

Paximádia
Crunchy twice-baked almond cookies.
12 piece package 6 tickets

Chocolate-dipped Paximádi
The original plus velvety chocolate.
1 piece 1 ticket

Kourambiédes
Melt-in-your-mouth butter and almond cookies covered in powdered sugar.
3 piece package 5 tickets
6 piece package 10 tickets

Ravaní
Semolina cake flavored with coconut and sweetened with lemon-infused syrup. Pastry booth only.
1 piece 2 tickets

Koulourákia
Heavenly butter cookie twists.
12 piece package 6 tickets

Baklavá Cheesecake
The famous Greek dessert with a center layer of rich cheesecake. Pastry booth only.
1 piece 3 tickets

Baklavá Sundae is now 4 tickets

Greek Cookie Pack
4 Koulourákia, 4 Paximádia and 4 Chocolate Paximádia (chocolate baked through)
12 total pieces 8 tickets

Tsourékia
Lightly sweetened braided bread.
1 loaf 6 tickets

Baklavá Sundae 4 tickets
Rich vanilla ice cream mixed with Baklavá pieces.

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