April 4th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards
If you’re a fan of Greek food, drink, culture, and music, then you’ll want to head to Bayou St. John, Memorial Day weekend – May 27th through the 29th – for the 2016 annual New Orleans Greek Festival!
New Orleans is nothing, if not a melting pot of culture. As with many other groups, the Big Easy has long been home to a sizable Greek community. Every year, for the past 43 years, members of this colorful community have put together a festival celebrating one of the Western world’s oldest cultures: The New Orleans Greek Festival.
Gyros, souvlaki, baklava, moussaka, spanakopita, olives, roast lamb, wine – who wouldn’t take the opportunity to savor the annual New Orleans Greek Festival, with all of its unique and mouth-watering foods? As a matter of fact, this year’s New Orleans Greek Festival is celebrating the humble yet delightful dolmades: stuffed grape leaves. Yum!
New Orleans Greek Festival is more than just food, though. Along with all the food and drink, there will also be traditional Greek dancing: Hellenic Dancers in colorful costumes moving to the distinctive sounds of a live Greek band. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself caught up in the rhythm, too – but that’s okay: it’s a festival! Join in!
Other attractions include the Agora outdoor marketplace with vendors selling local, imported, and handcrafted Greek-style clothing, jewelry, and other gifts. The Greek grocery will be offering delectable cheeses, dips, spices, as well as holding cooking demonstrations, such as how to roll your own dolmades.
Attendees may also purchase an official, 2016 New Orleans Greek Festival poster, t-shirt, and sportswear – and be sure to register for the $1,000 Entrance Raffle. Other random drawings during the festival will reward lucky ticket-holders with trips to Greece and the fabled Grecian islands of the Aegean and Mediterranean. And on Sunday, the 29th, if you come to the festival in a tasteful toga, you’ll get in free!
NOLA Greek Fest takes place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, with its magnificent, Byzantine-style dome on Robert E. Lee Boulevard, adjacent to Bayou St. John. Founded in 1866, the cathedral is reputed to be the first and oldest Greek Orthodox congregation in the United States – and during Greek Fest you can – and should! – tour it. You’ll marvel at the beautiful and distinctive, Eastern Orthodox style of the frescoes, stained glass windows, and decor.
New Orleans Greek Festival 2016
Memorial Day Weekend – May 27th, 28th, & 29th
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1200 Robert E Lee Boulevard, New Orleans, LA
For tickets and a full list of scheduled activities for the 2016 New Orleans Greek Festival, be sure to visit them online at: www.greekfestnola.com
New Orleans Greek Festival Lodging
Hotel and motel blues got you down? The next time you’re in the Big Easy, try a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn, instead! One experience with a New Orleans B&B’s deep-dish amenities, personal service, delicious, get-you-on-your-feet breakfasts, and insider info about what to do and where to go, and you’ll NEVER book a stay at a mediocre hotel or motel again.