49th Annual Pensacola Greek Festival


Pensacola’s 49th Annual Greek Festival takes place this year on November 14th through the 16th. The popular festival was started by the parishioners of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox church in 1959 as a luncheon to share their culture and heritage. It has since grown to a full-blown 3 day event serving a variety of Greek foods along with traditional dance performances, live entertainment, church tours and shopping.  The event is held the same weekend as the Blue Angels Air Show so visitors and residents can plan a full weekend of fun in Pensacola.  Admission is free. Festival hours are 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit the church’s website at www.annunciationgoc.org.

Youth DancersLive Greek music and traditional folk dancing will be the entertainment highlight of the weekend. Youth dancers dressed in traditional costumes representing various regions of Greece will perform. The Kostas Kastanis band will travel from Kentucky again to perform traditional and modern Greek dance music. Dance lessons will be offered in between youth performances for those who want to learn the basic steps of the traditional dances. Audience participation in the dancing is encouraged.  Opa!

Bring your appetite. Roast lamb, baked chicken, dolmathes, mousaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, tiropita, and greek salads are served in the dinner line. The outdoor taverna will feature gyros, souvlaki, and sausage sandwiches, chicken tenders for the kids, Greek fries cooked in olive oil, and calamari. A variety of homemade pastries and cookies are sold to eat-in or to take home.  Sodas, Greek wines and domestic beers are sold outside. Many of the specialty items are prepared by the parishioners and by some of the popular Gulf Coast restaurants owned by church members Kali Orexi!

The Agora Gift Booth offers imported gift items such as jewelry, cookbooks, t-shirts, scarves, worry beads and Greek specialty food items. Iced coffee “frappes” are sold at the Agora.

Food, music and dancing are not the only attractions offered at this festival. Visitors can attend twenty minute church tours to see the architectural beauty of the inside of an Orthodox Christian church and learn a little about the Orthodox faith and its culture. Byzantine hymns will be sung by choir members at the end of each tour. Byzantine icons will be available for sale this year.

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was established in Pensacola in 1910 by immigrant families from Greece. The parish is an active community of 150 families of various ethnic backgrounds. Our parish priest, Father Panagiotis Papanikolau and his wife Tina will celebrate their second festival with our parish this year. 

This annual event is a labor of love for church parishioners. Many members put in hundreds of hours to prepare for the festival and volunteer during the event. So many people in the church and in the community come together to work side by side for the good of the church.  Stop by the church hall on any weekend in the fall and you will see many cheerful faces and busy hands as church members prepare food so they can share their food, their faith and their ethnic pride for one weekend each year to their Gulf Coast neighbors.  

This year’s festival is held in memory of long-time parishioner and festival co-chairman John Tringas. A portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to a local charity.  The remaining proceeds help the church with capital improvement projects.  Order forms for the annual December bake sale will also be available for pickup at the festival.

Admission is free. Pre-sale food and gift tickets are available for purchase in $50 lots.  (10 tickets valued at $5 each). These tickets make great gifts for clients or employees and can be used at all booths at the festival. Cash and checks are accepted and tickets can be purchased via credit card. There will not be an ATM machine onsite.  The Greek Festival is open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Friday Saturday and from 12:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday.

More information is available at the church website – including menus, recipes, a schedule of events, photos, videos and information for advertisers. www.annunciationgoc.org.

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