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2016 Albuquerque Grecian Festival

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Friday September 30th - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday October 1st - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday October 2nd - 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.


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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, Sept. 30

5:30    Kefi
6:00    Aegean Sounds
6:00    Morakia/Levendakia In the Taverna
7:00    Asteria
7:30    Dance Lessons In the Taverna
8:00    Agean Sounds
8:45    Palamakia
9:30    Aegean Sounds

Saturday, Oct. 1
11:30   Morakia/Levendakia In the Taverna
12:00   Kefi
12:30   Aegean Sounds
1:15    Asteria
1:45    Aegean Sounds
2:30    Palamakia
3:00    Morakia/Levendakia In the Taverna
3:00    Dance Lessons In the Taverna
3:30    Kefi
4:00    Asteria
4:30    Palamakia
5:00    Dance Lessons In the Taverna
5:30    Kefi
6:00    Aegean Sounds
7:00    Asteria
7:30    Dance Lessons
8:00    Aegean Sounds
8:45    Palamakia
9:30    Aegean Sounds

Sunday, Oct. 2
12:00   Aegean Sounds
12:30   Morakia/Levendakia In the Taverna
1:00    Kefi
1:30    Aegean Sounds
2:30    Asteria
3:00    Dance Lessons In the Taverna
3:00    Aegean Sounds
4:00    Palamakia

Greek Food Menu

Kóta Riganáti (Oregano Chicken) 10 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)             13 tickets
Tender leg of lamb cooked over charcoal and served with
festival rice and salad.

Olla Mazí (Combo Plate) 12 tickets
A tall slice each of baked Pastítso (layers of macaroni and
ground beef in a savory Greek tomato sauce topped with luscious
béchamel) and baked Moussaká (Greek-spiced ground beef layered
between thin slices of tender eggplant, potatoes and cheese,
also crowned with béchamel). Served with salad.

Souvláki (Skewered Meat)        7 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.

Lamb Slider (New!)

Loukániko (Festival Sausage)            7 tickets
Delicious blend of pork, orange zest and savory spices grilled
and sprinkled with lemon juice. Served on fresh pita bread
layered with caramelized onions.

Megáli Saláta (Large Salad)             8 tickets
A tantalizing vegetarian combination of crisp lettuce, tomatoes,
olives, pepperoncini, and feta cheese. Topped with Greek dressing.
Served with spanakópita, meatless dolmádes and pita bread.

Saláta (Side Salad)     4 tickets

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

Patátes (Potatoes)      4 tickets
Slow-baked oven potatoes with Greek spices.

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

Dolmádes (5)    4 tickets
Grape leaves stuffed with rice and subtle spices.

Feta Cheese     1 ticket
Pepperoncini (6)                1 ticket
Kalamáta Olives (6)     1 ticket

Coffee House Menu

Loukoumádes     5 tickets
Bite-size balls of dough cooked and drizzled with honey and cinnamon.

Baklavá         2 tickets
Walnuts, filo, honeyed syrup.

Paximádi        1 ticket
Chocolate-dipped almond cookie.

Bougátza        4 tickets
Rich custard filling between layers of baked filo pastry.

Kafé Frappé     4 tickets
Iced coffee with whipped cream.

Greek Coffee    3 tickets
Regular/Decaf Coffee    2 tickets

Baklavá Sundae  5 tickets
Vanilla ice cream and Baklavá pieces.

Tavern

Beer                    4 tickets
Greek Beer              5 tickets
Wine                    5 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.
1 piece         2 tickets

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

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

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

Koulourákia
Heavenly butter cookie twists.
12 piece package                6 tickets

Ravaní
Moist semolina cake flavored with coconut and sweetened with lemon-infused syrup.
1 piece 2 tickets

Melomacárona
Moist cinnamon-spiced cookie laced with honeyed syrup.
1 piece 2 tickets

Gliká Combo
Baklavá, Kourambiédes and Pasta Flora (delicious fruit filling in delicate butter pastry) together in one box.
3 piece package 5 tickets
6 piece package 10 tickets
12 piece package        20 tickets

Tsourékia
Try this lightly sweetened bread by itself or toasted with butter.
1 loaf          6 tickets

 

Church Tours | Saint George Greek Orthodox Church

Friday, Sept. 30
11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00
Church closes at 8:00

Saturday, Oct. 1
12:00, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00 Vespers service, 7:00
Church closes at 8:00

Sunday, Oct. 2
11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00
Church closes at 5:00

Tours last 30 minutes

Cooking & Language Classes

Free cooking classes and Greek language classes will be provided at the Albuquerque Grecian Festival.

Cooking Lessons

Learn how to prepare delicious and authentic Greek cuisine.
Lessons are held in the Taverna.

Friday, Sept. 30  
5:00    Mezedákia (An assortment of appetizers)

Saturday, Oct. 1
1:30    Gigándes Plakí (Baked lima beans–vegetarian)
4:00    Baklavá
6:30    Kóta Riganáti (Oregano chicken) and Horiátiki Saláta (Village salad)

Sunday, Oct. 2
1:30    Galaktoboúreko (Custard-filled filo pastry)

Language Lessons

Learn how to speak Greek from the pros! In the Taverna.
Friday, Sept. 30
6:30
Saturday, Oct. 1
1:00
5:30
7:00
Sunday, Oct. 2
1:00

Common phrases in Greek
Hello   Hé-re-te
Good morning    Ka-lee-mé-ra
Good evening    Ka-lee-spé-ra
Good night      Ka-lee-née-hta
How are you?    Pos-ís-te?
Fine    Ka-lá
Please  Se-pa-ra-ka-ló
Thank you       Ef-ha-ree-stó
You’re welcome  Pa-ra-ka-ló
Yes     Má-lee-sta
No      O-hee
Excuse me       Sig-nó-mee
I understand    Ka-ta-la-vé-no
What is this?   Tee-ée-ne-af-tó?
How much is it? Po-so-ká-nee?
Come here       El-a-e-thó
Goodbye Yá-sas

 

Grecian Festival Marketplace

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 and Souvenirs   Greek-themed clothing, accessories and artifacts.
Fine Art   Landscape and still life themes in oils and acrylics.

Festival Tickets

Festival items are sold using tickets instead of cash.
Buy everything with tickets. Purchase your tickets
at any of the ticket booths located on the festival grounds.

One dollar = One ticket

Contact Us

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Saint George Greek Orthodox Church Office:
(505)-247-9411
308 HIGH STREET SE
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO 87102

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