The experience begins at the festival entry where you’re greeted by the sweet aroma of homemade pastries and the excited sounds of new and old friends shopping for unique gifts. With wide smiles, happy hearts, and an empty stomach, you begin to notice the tantalizing smells of traditional Greek Street Food, including Beef Souvlaki (shish kabob) and Gyro (beef and lamb served in pita) prepared over coals and served ala carte with fresh pita bread under the shade of the tent out back. A quick stop at the beverage booth offers a choice of Greek Wines, Greek beer, soft drinks and water to finish off your sensory delight. A complete Greek Dinner - with Pastitsio (baked pasta with beef), Tiropites (cheese puff triangles), Spanakopita (spinach triangles), Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), Keftedes (meatballs), Greek Salad with Olives and Feta - is available for $16 a plate. Á la carte food items (Souvlaki or Gyro) and pastries (Loukomades and Baklava) range from $2 - $8.
After enjoying some of the live bands, dancing, and other entertainment, visit the Loukoumades Booth outside where bakers prepare your dessert to order while you watch. The Greek version of Beignets, this sin-on-a-dish is very popular with kids of all ages. Served with either powdered sugar or honey – or both – Loukoumades is not to be missed. On your way out, don’t forget to visit the Pastry Booth back inside the Community Center for an array of sweets that will delight your taste buds for days after the event!
Baklava (phyllo dough with honey nut filling), Melomakarona (spiced honey cookies with walnuts), Kourambiedes (shortbread cookies), Kouroulakia (twisted butter cookies), Paximadia (spiced biscotti) and Karidopita (walnut cake) are available by the piece or in assorted boxes.
Trust us. No one ever leaves the Galveston Greek Festival hungry!