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2016 Albuquerque Grecian Festival


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, Sep. 30
5:30 Kéfi
6:00 Aegean Sounds
6:30 Morákia/Levendákia
7:00 Astéria
7:30 Dance Lessons
8:00 Aegean Sounds
8:45 Palamákia
9:30 Aegean Sounds

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

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


As in years past, the community of St. George is proud to donate a percentage of the net proceeds from all 2016 Grecian Festival sales to help those in need on a local level. This year, S.A.F.E. House and The Storehouse will be the donation recipients. S.A.F.E. House shelters and empowers survivors of intimate partner domestic violence and works to improve the way New Mexico responds to this type of violence.

The Storehouse helps over 55,000 New Mexicans solve their food insecurities regardless of race, faith, age, gender or disability.

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Heavenly butter cookie twists.
12 piece package 6 tickets

Baklavá Cupcake
The famous Greek dessert in cupcake form. Frosted honey cake with Baklava filling. Pastry booth only.
1 piece 3 tickets

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

Lightly sweetened braided bread.
1 loaf 6 tickets

Baklavá Sundae 5 tickets
Rich vanilla ice cream mixed with Baklavá pieces.

Friday, Sept. 30
last tour 8:30
Church closes 9:30

Saturday, Oct. 1
5:30 Vespers Service
last tour 8:30
Church closes 9:30

Sunday, Oct. 2
Church Closes at 4:45

Tours last 30-45 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, Sep. 30

6:30 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, Sep. 30   6:00
Saturday, Oct. 1   1:00, 5:30, 7:30
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

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Generous Sponsors

Thank you so much! Our sponsors are the best businesses in Albuquerque!

How do I add my name on this list? you might ask.

PLATINUM | $1000

Jim Dountas | Vice President | CBRE
Commercial Real Estate | Investment Properties | Retail Services
6100 Uptown NE Suite 300 | 505.837.4955

In Memory of Tom and Niki Manole
Nick and Asimina Manole
Dr. Vasilios and Vangie Pavlakos

GOLD | $750

Zorba’s Fine Cuisine
The Counelis and Miller Families
11225 Montgomery Blvd NE
505.323.2695 | zorbasabq.com

SILVER | $500

Cetera Advisor Networks
Panagopoulos Insurance Agency
2500 Louisiana Blvd NE #102
505.828.4068 | myfinancialsense.com

Congratulations to the St. George community
on another successful Festival!
Rev. Conan and Presvytera Stephanie Gill,
Nikolaos, Andreas and Gaius
Lin Gill  |  Nick and Susan Pappas

French Funerals and Cremations
505.338.2000 | frenchsfunerals.com

Heads Up Landscaping
7525 2nd St NW
505.898.9615 | hulc.com

JJK Group, Inc.
Consulting Structural Engineers
505.296.5706 | jjkgroup.com

Mannie’s Restaurant
2900 Central Ave SE
505.265.1669 | manniesnobhill.com

Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union
3707 Juan Tabo Blvd NE
800.947.5328 | slfcu.org

BRONZE | $250

American Escrow
2717 San Mateo Blvd NE

Voula Chronis | Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Legacy
8200 Carmel NE
480.4616 |

Copper Canyon Café
5455 Gibson Blvd SE

Casas de Guadalupe
Santa Fe Vacation Rentals Off the Plaza
235.2085 | santafe-vacationrentals.com

Daskalos Development and Investments
5319 Menaul Blvd NE
883.4131 | ddiabq.com

Hanayagi | The Japanese Garden Shop
2935-C Louisiana Blvd NE
291.1177 | hanayagi.net

The Doc Spa
6801 Jefferson St NE
884-8900 | thedocspa.com

Rich and Maria Paulson
Jason and Blair Paulson, Evan, Joshua & Brooklyn
Stephen and Deborah Paulson, Stella & Dean
Stella Kalemeris

Cindy Martinez | Wedding Specialist
Isleta Resort
Intimate gatherings or glamorous affairs;
we have flexible indoor/outdoor space to
accommodate a group of any size
505.244.8201 | isleta.com/weddings

Christina Kitsos, CPA
7912 Menaul NE |
503.8438 | christinakitsoscpa.com

MVP Properties
Nick and Asimina Manole,
Dr. Thanasi Manole, MD,
Billy, Niki and Theodoros Ninopoulos

Tim Marlin
Pinnacle Capital Mortgage
8300 Carmel Avenue NE Building 1 #104
239.4308 | pcmloan.com/timmarlin

Monty and Kathy Preonas
Katina and Shane Jaeger, Yiannaki and Thanasi
Chrysse Preonas and Jon Martin
Demitri and Jenifer Preonas

Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante
San Pedro & Uptown 883.4414
Menaul & Juan Tabo 294.8999
4th & Montano 344.4700
Paseo & Wyoming 797.1800

Dr. Vasilios “Bill” Pavlakos
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
3904 Juan Tabo Blvd NE
292.7526 | drpavlakos.com

Gary Smith
Precision Pixel Studios
Digital color | Mac support

Svem Savic | Associate Broker
RE/MAX Advantage
12500 Montgomery Blvd NE #151

Paul, Barbara, Lyndon and Sophia Gesner
PO Box 11591 | ABQ NM 87192

Silk Road Connection
5200 Eubank Blvd NE #6
292.7088 | mysilkroadconnection.com

Mac’s La Sierra
6217 Central Ave NW
836.1212 | macslasierraabq.com

Pension Planning Consultants
Retirement Plan Administration
Actuarial Services
6201 Uptown Blvd NE #100
880.1283 | pensionplanningconsultants.com