Mobile Greek Fest 2008

October 29, 2008 at 8:27 am

Originally published on the Azalea City Food Blog on October 26, 2008.
Each year the good folks at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Ann St. have reminded Mobile of just how important the Greek community has been here.  The restaurant scene in this town was once dominated by Greek restaurantuers who gave the city credablity with fabulous seafood dishes and defined Mobile’s unique spin on the Greek salad.  These days the only old school Greek restaurant is Rousso’s and almost as rare is a true Mobile style Greek salad (try Mars Hill Cafe or Papa George’s Supper Club).  While part of the past has fallen to the wayside, part of it is still alive at what is easily the most anticipated festival in the city, Greek Fest.
Here’s the What’s To Do List:
Eat – the menu provides the best of Greek food…and it is very tasty!  Stop by the Kafenion under the big tent for a tasty cup of strong Greek coffee. While there, step over to the next booth and purchase a plate of freshly cooked Loukoumades. soaked with honey and topped with powdered sugar, they are the perfect compliment to a good cup of Greek coffee!  They also offer lots of other boothes selling Greek wine, gyros, leg of lamb, calamari, sausage, chicken, and more.  Inside the church you can purchase a complete Greek dinner or trays of desserts.
Dance – enjoy the friendly Greek way – dancing – toe-tapping music – the colorful costumes from all over Greece.   The fabulous Nick Trivelas and his special production will be one of the many highlights of the Mobile Greek Fest 2008.  This live band will be playing all three days throughout the day and the evening.  You have to see and hear him live. Hear the quaint sound of the bouzoukie as Nick Trivelas entertains you along with the rhythmic toe tapping music of the live Agean Greek band.  Let the music play; dance in spirit with the authentic attired Hellenic Dancers as they entertain you again this year with their fine repertoire of over 200 traditional Greek dances from different areas of Greece, Cyprus and Asia Minor.  You will feel the urge to jump up and dance along with the dance troupes as they dance the Tzambeko, Sirto and Kalamatiano.  Let’s Dance … OPA!
Shop – Take a stroll among the Greek marketplace vendors, called the Agora:
  • Greek Treasures. Imports and souvenirs from Greece presented by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
  • Bakaliko – Olive oil, olives, cheeses and other Greek imported foods.
  • Vanna Jewelry: Silver, Greek Style Jewelry.
  • Victor Orloff: Russian Imports
  • Athanasi Vergos Greek CD’s and Oil paintings.
  • Maria’s Jewelry Greek Style Gold jewelry.
  • Whimsical Treasures with Myia & Brad.
  • Ken Hursit: glass hanging lanterns and Greek items
  • Caravan Gifts: linenes and hand inlaid wood items
  • Ricamo International- Handbags, Scarves, Jewlery and other greek items.

Last year our own resident chef, Stuart Reb Donald shot an episode of his popular Internet cooking show at the Greek Fest so take at look to get a taste:

 

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