Atlanta's Taste of Greece

Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation

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Imagine…

Bountiful dishes crafted from old family recipes

Smiling chefs whose skills don’t come from culinary schools, but from the heart

Vibrant music, handicrafts, art and history

Big, happy gatherings filled with joy and a passion for food, wine and friends

It must be time for the Atlanta Greek Festival.

 
 

For over four decades, the Greek Orthodox Christian community has opened its doors to host one of Atlanta’s landmark cultural events, The Atlanta Greek Festival. 

This signature celebration welcomes you with philoxenia and kefi. Come experience our warm hospitality, exuberant dancing, sumptuous wines, unique artisan jewelry and apparel, rich history, deep faith and some of the most delicious food in Atlanta.

Give us an afternoon or an evening, and we’ll give you a Taste of Greece.

Main Festival gate opens Friday, September 27

Food

Greeks invented the original food and wine festival thousands of years ago, and still celebrate with feasts known as paniyri or glendi, enjoying the bounty of Greece’s mainland and islands.

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Atlanta’s Taste of Greece provides a rich and varied menu prepared by passionate volunteers who want to share their heritage - and authentic cuisine.

Enjoy small plates of mezze before your meal, sample wines and cheeses, feast on traditional dishes like patstichio and spanakopita or street food like souvlaki and gyros.  And don’t forget to save room for dessert - from the airy, hot loukoumades served in our kafenion, to the homemade baklava, kourabiedes, and more in our pastry shop (available for take-out).

Whether in search of a fun Girls Night Out, a romantic Date Night, or relaxed Sunday family dinner - Atlanta’s Taste of Greece has the centuries-old recipes and smiling chefs to please all foodies.

Dancing & Entertainment

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Perfect Souvlaki? Check.

Fresh Greek Salad? Check.

Favorite Greek beer? Check.

Yiayia’s delicious baklava? Check.

But how do you burn off all those calories? Dancing of course!

If our bountiful food tents find their roots in the ancient version of today’s pop-up restaurant or hot truck, then our kefi - passion and joy in the moment - draws on a rich heritage of village feasts (paniyiri), wedding parties, and even warrior’s preparations.

This year’s entertainment line-up features non-stop performances in the Hellenic Center Ballroom and the Gymnasium, including traditional bouzouki, and of course, Greek dancing.  Our award-winning dance troupe shares the folk dances and costumes of different regions and islands, and asks you to join in some of the world’s oldest dance traditions - from the Kalamatianos to the famous Tsamikos.

Tired and thirsty after all that?  Grab a cool, creamy frappe - Greece’s version of the iced latte.

Shopping

Enter the marketplace - the Greek Agora - to find traditional handcrafted pottery, jewelry, apparel, books and art from Greece.

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Since ancient times, the Greek town square was gathering place, with tents where traders and craftsmen would noisily ply their goods and barter for the best price.  Today, Athens’ Monastiraki features one of the most famous open-air marketplaces in the world.  You can still find classic and modern ceramics, woven cloth, beaded necklaces, and handmade craftsmanship there, below the hill of the Acropolis.

Explore Atlanta’s version of the Agora in Carlos Hall, where merchants showcase bright and beautiful imported trinkets, so you’ll remember your own Taste of Greece at home.

Greek Culture and Faith

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The Greek Orthodox Church throughout the centuries has wrought deeply the Greek culture and tradition.  As Greeks emigrated throughout the world, they brought their culture and Orthodox Christianity with them.  

Home to the largest Orthodox Christian parish in Georgia, the architecturally unique Cathedral of the Annunciation features stunning Byzantine icons, intricately created with small mosaic tiles. Now located in the northern Decatur/Oak Grove area, the church was originally established in a small downtown Atlanta location by Christian immigrants from Greece in 1905.  

Lectures are hosted in the beautiful Cathedral of the Annunciation.  Guests can learn about our rich 2,000 year-old faith as they view the amazing iconography and the brilliant mosaic dome of Christ.

Sponsors

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We thank our many sponsors, who make the advanced planning, expenses and start-up of each year’s festival possible. Without their generosity, many popular features would not be possible.

Our gratitude extends to our festival guests and drive thru patrons as well.  All of this contribution combines to not only raise funds for our church, but also for our chosen community philanthropic partner.  

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta benefited from funds raised in 2016 by the Atlanta Greek Festival.  In 2017 and 2018, Shepherd Spinal Center was the recipient of our donation. 

in 2019 the recipients of our donation will be an Atlanta area charity, the Philoptochos (Friends of those in need) Society, International Orthodox Christian Charities, and the Diakonia Retreat Center.

Thank you for supporting the Atlanta Greek Festival and its charity partners.

 

NOTE: If you are interested in sponsoring Atlanta’s Taste of Greece in 2019, with marketing exposure of your service or product plus brand awareness to thousands of educated, affluent festival attendees, please contact Ginnie Roglin at the Cathedral Office, (404) 633-5870.