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2019 Albuquerque Grecian Festival

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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.

One dollar = One FestBux

Festival items are sold using FestBux instead of cash.
Buy everything with FestBux.

Purchase FestBux at any of the booths located on the festival grounds, or order online here.

Greek Food Menu

Kóta Riganáti (Oregano Chicken) 12 FestBux
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) 14 FestBux
Tender leg of lamb cooked over charcoal, served with festival rice, salad and tzatzíki sauce.

Pastítsio (Casserole) 12 FestBux
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 FestBux
Chunks of tender marinated pork (hirinó) or
chicken (kóta) seared over charcoal and served
on warm pita bread. Topped with onion, tomato and delicious tzatzíki sauce.

Gyros 8 FestBux
Sizzling slices of the famous beef and lamb
combination on fresh pita bread. Topped with chopped onion, tomato and fresh tzatzíki sauce.

Megáli Saláta (Large Salad) 10 FestBux
A tantalizing vegetarian combination of crisp lettuce, tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini and Feta. Topped with Greek dressing. Served with spanakópita and meatless dolmádes.

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

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

Piláfi (Rice pilaf) 4 FestBux
Our famous Festival rice.

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

Mezédes 4 FestBux
Feta, pepperoncini, Kalamáta olives

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 FestBux
4 piece package 8 FestBux
8 piece package 15 FestBux
1 piece 2 FestBux

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

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

Paximádia
Crunchy twice-baked almond cookies.
12 piece package 8 FestBux

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

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

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

Koulourákia
Heavenly butter cookie twists.
12 piece package 7 FestBux

Baklavá Cheesecake
The famous Greek dessert with a center layer of rich cheesecake. Pastry booth only.
1 piece 4 FestBux

Greek Cookie Pack
4 Koulourákia, 4 Paximádia and 4 Chocolate Paximádia (chocolate baked through)
12 total pieces 9 FestBux

Tsourékia
Lightly sweetened braided bread.
1 loaf 8 FestBux

Taverna

Greek Draft Beer 6 FestBux
Local Craft Beer 6 FestBux
Draft Beer 5 FestBux
Greek Wine 7 FestBux
Ouzo 7 FestBux
Red Bull 4 FestBux
Soft Drinks 2 FestBux
Bottled Water 2 FestBux
Soft drinks and water available throughout
the Festival grounds.

Baklava Sundae

Baklavá Sundae 4 FestBux
Rich vanilla ice cream mixed with Baklavá pieces.
Chocolate Mousse 5 FestBux
Smooth, deep, rich chocolate flavor.

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.

Dance and Music

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

Tours last 30-45 minutes | Live Byzantine chanting begins 30 minutes prior to each tour | Schedule subject to change

Friday, Oct. 4
11:30
1:00
2:30
4:00
5:30 Byzantine Music
7:00
8:30
Church closes at 9:30

Saturday, Oct. 5
11:30
1:00
2:30
4:00
5:00 Vespers Service
7:00
8:30
Church closes at 9:30

Sunday, Oct. 6
11:30
1:00
2:30
4:00
Church closes at 4:45.

Want to learn more about the Orthodox Christian Faith?
Join us for the Journey to Fullness Classes, beginning October 14 at 6:30 pm in the Church Hall.

Sunday services at Saint George are open to all and begin with Morning Prayers at 7:45AM followed by the Divine Liturgy at 9:00AM.

Join us to experience the worship of the ancient Christian Church!

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 Tavérna.

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

 

FestBux

Festival items are sold using FestBux instead of cash.
Buy everything with FestBux.

Purchase FestBux at any of the booths located on the festival grounds, or order online here.

One dollar = One FestBux

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.

Philanthropy

The community of St. George is proud to donate a percentage of the net proceeds from all 2019 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

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

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

SILVER | $500

Jim Dountas | First Vice President
CBRE | Commercial Real Estate
244.0011

French Funerals & Cremations
1111 University Ave NE
843.6333 | frenchfunerals.com

JJK Group, Inc.
Consulting Structural Engineers
296.5706 | jjkgroup.com

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

Pavlos Panagopoulos, CFP and
Panagopoulos Insurance Agency
2500 Louisiana Blvd NE #102
511 West Reinken Ave in Belen
828.4068 | myfinancialsense.com
myinsurancesense.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 | $300

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

American Escrow Company
2717 San Mateo Blvd NE
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 | 
503.8438 | christinakitsoscpa.com

Kanella, Zoe Anastasia, and Johnny
Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Cafe
5809 Juan Tabo NE
Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Cafe
3500 Central Ave SE
The Plaza Eatery
4th at Marquette NW
Sugar and Spice Cafe
UNMCCC, Camino de Salud
cinnamoncafeabq.com

Copper Canyon Café
5455 Gibson Blvd SE
266.6318

Voula Chronis, Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Legacy
480.4616 | voulasellshomes.com

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

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

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

Rich and Maria Paulson and family
Stella Kalemeris

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

Tasso Chronis, New Mexico Chapter
of the Order of AHEPA 501 Inc.
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