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2019 Albuquerque Grecian Festival


Friday October 4th - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday October 5th - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday October 6th - 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 · Horós ke Musikí

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!

All dance and Aegean Sounds performances are under the tent.

Friday, Oct. 4
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. 5
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. 6
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

Morákia: Up to 2nd grade · Levendákia: 3rd–5th grade · Kéfi: Middle School · Astéria: High School · Palamákia: Adult


The community of St. George is proud to donate a percentage of the net proceeds from all 2017 Grecian Festival sales to help those in need on a local level. This year, S.A.F.E. House, The Storehouse, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Mexico will be the donation recipients. S.A.F.E. House shelters and empowers survivors of intimate partner domestic violence. The Storehouse helps over 55,000 New Mexicans solve their food insecurities regardless of race, faith, age, gender or disability. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefits local families and research.

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 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

Lightly sweetened braided bread.
1 loaf 6 tickets

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

Friday, Oct. 4
5:30 Byzantine Music
Church closes at 9:30

Saturday, Oct. 5
5:00 Vespers Service
Church closes at 9:30

Sunday, Oct. 6
Church closes at 4:45

Want to learn more about the Orthodox Christian Faith?
Join us for Discovering Orthodoxy Classes,
beginning October 15 at 6:30 pm in the Church Hall.

Free cooking 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, Oct. 4

6:30 Mezedákia (An assortment of appetizers)

Saturday, Oct. 5

1:30 Gigándes Plakí (Baked lima beans–vegetarian)
4:00 Baklavá
6:30 Kóta Riganáti (Oregano chicken) and Horiátiki Saláta (Village salad)
Sunday, Oct. 6
1:30 Galaktoboúreko (Custard-filled filo pastry)

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

Rev. Conan & Presvytera Stephanie Gill, Nikolaos, Andreas, Gaius,
Kassiani & Theana | Nick, Susan & Melanie Pappas

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

SILVER | $500

Constantine & Associates, PC
7850 Jefferson St NE # 140

French Funerals & Cremations
1111 University Ave NE
505.843.6333 | frenchfunerals.com

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

Gary and Thoula Mallory, Paul Mallory & Shannon Palermo, Maria and Bernardo Diaz, Anna and Nick Gordon

Pavlos Panagopoulos, CFP and
Panagopoulos Insurance Agency
2500 Louisiana Blvd NE #102
511 West Reinken Ave in Belen
505.828.4068 | myfinancialsense.com

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

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

BRONZE | $250

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

American Escrow Company
2717 San Mateo Blvd NE
505.883.5293 | american-escrow.com

Casas de Guadalupe
Santa Fe vacation rentals on the Plaza
235.2085 | santafe-vacationrentals.com

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

Kanella, Zoe Anastasia, and Johnny
Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Cafe
5809 Juan Tabo NE
The Plaza Eatery
4th at Marquette NW
Sugar and Spice Cafe
UNMCCC, Camino de Salud

Copper Canyon Café
5455 Gibson Blvd SE

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

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

LIVE! Youth and Family Counseling Services
Michael Ollom, LISW
4004 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite C
505.717.7277 | livebreatheplay.com

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

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

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

Mountain Eagle Karate Academy
1704 Moon St NE
505.980.7564 | mountaineaglekarate.com

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

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

Tim Marlin | Mortgage Advisor
Pinnacle Capital Mortgage
8300 Carmel Ave NE, Building 1, Suite 104
239.4308 | pcmloan.com/timmarlin

Gary Smith
Precision Pixel Studios
Digital color | Mac support

Svem Savic | Associate Broker
Realty One of New Mexico
7441 Alameda Blvd NE | 907.7477

4949 Pan American Freeway NE | 344.1204
500 S Guadalupe St in Santa Fe | 983.5721

Tasso Chronis, New Mexico Chapter of the
Order of AHEPA 501 Inc., proud hosts of the Rocky Mountain District 17 Convention,
May 31–June 2, 2019 | facebook.com/ahepanm

In loving memory of Michael J. Dolz
from his family and many friends

Rich and Maria Paulson and family
Stella Kalemeris

Monty and Kathy Preonas and family