The Greek Food Festival Provides Deep Insight in the National Culture

The majority of Greek festivals are organized by the Greek Orthodox Church, recognized as the center of cultural activities of the Greek community. They are arranged by the members of local community and depend greatly on volunteers, who make significant contributions to the maintenance of national Greek culture. Greek Food Festivals make themselves conspicuous among the variety of Greek events due to the unique combination of Greek cuisine and traditional music.

First held in Dallas in 1956, the Greek Food Festival has grown into an event of national importance, featuring the best of Greek dinners, homemade pastries, splendid wines, pleasant Greek music and dances. In addition to this, the spectators have a chance to learn more of Greek history and culture and enjoy cooking demonstrations from Dallas chefs.

The festival has something to offer to everyone, and the variety of choices makes it a perfect option for the entire family. The 49th Annual Greek Festival was held on September 22-25, 2005 in Dallas at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This year the festival offered the best food and drinks of Athens, as well as dishes from the best Greek festivals of Dallas.

This year as ever, spectators of the festival had the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, traditional Greek parties, and music and folk dancing demonstrations. The children's area is designed for kids' entertainment, featuring the best facilities. The ticket prices vary depending on the time of purchasing tickets. Tickets purchased at the door cost more than those booked in advance. The price is $10-15 for adults and $7-11 for children aged 5-12. Included in the price is admission to the festival, lunch and dinner.

Another variety of traditional the Greek Food Festival is held annually in Arkansas, featuring traditional Greek music and samples of Romanian, Russian and Georgian cuisines. Participants are offered traditional Greek dances and such exotic dishes as souvlaki, gyros, fetta-cheese pizza and handmade desserts. The festival features a variety of products for sale, including rugs, clothing and religious statuettes. At scheduled times the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church offers tours. The admission to the festival is free.
The Ypapanti Greek Food Festival is held in several parts of East Pittsburgh, offering entertainment for the entire family. Specially arranged dining rooms can be found in the Olympia Hall and the Outdoor Grecian Garden. One of the festival's highlights, which bring the visitors back year after year, is the wonderfully arranged entertainment, resulting in the rich history and culture of the community. For more than twenty years the Grecian Odyssey Dancers of Ypapanti has been performing at the Ypapanti Greek Food Festival. Among the permanent guests of the festival is the Junior Olympian Dancers.

After folk dancing performances everyone is invited to join in the dancing and fun while listening to the live music of the Grecian Express. The highlights of the festival include carnival games, introduced first in 2004. The winners of the games are awarded with the various prizes; the winner of the first prize gets $1000. Tickets can be purchased during all four days of the festival.

The Greek Food and Wine Festival is held annually at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Center, offering a weekend of fun, traditional Greek food and splendid wines. Admission to the festival is $3, children under 12 are free. You are invited to participate in a number of activities, including live music and dancing, and traditional dance demonstrations, face painting and children activities.

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