NORFOLK - The Greek Festival, an annual event held under one of Hampton Roads' biggest tents on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk, begins Thursday, May 16 and will run through Sunday, May 19.
The 2013 Greek Festival, the area's oldest and largest ethic festival, will include the traditional Greek cuisine, exciting entertainment, arts and crafts, a cooking school, and a drive-thru.
Food and music highlight the festival. Outdoor stands will sell everything from shish kebob to baklava. The food will be available for take-out or may be eaten at tables in the outdoor tents at the festival.
The variety of Greek specialties will include Greek salad; fried calamari; charcoal-broiled souvlaki (shish kebob); moussaka (sliced eggplant combined with ground beef, spices and tomato sauce topped with a sauce of eggs, butter, cheese and milk); chicken lathoregano (charcoal-broiled chicken marinated in a sauce of olive oil, lemon juice and oregano); spanakopita (a blend of spinach and feta cheese baked in filo pastry leaves); pastitsio (a macaroni casserole with ground sirloin of beef topped with a creamy cheese sauce), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), and Greek-style French fries.
Of course, no festival would be complete with Greek pastries and breads, including galatoboureko (a filo custard pastry) and loukoumades (the mouth-watering, hot honey-sweet fritter pastries).
The Drive-Thru will be located along the circular drive in front of the Cathedral and adjoining Chapel. Those on-the-go in their vehicles will enter from Granby Street, select their choices of complete dinners and pastries from a special menu, and be on their way.
The Annunciation Dancers will entertain festival-goers every day and evening with performances of traditional Greek dances. A live Greek band will perform a variety of live Greek music throughout the festival.
A wide variety of artwork, gold, and fine jewelry will be displayed this year in the Hellenic Center in the Agora (Marketplace).
Church tours will be conducted throughout the festival.
The Greek Festival will run from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and Noon to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located at 7220 Granby Street (one-half mile south of Wards Corner) in Norfolk. Admission and parking is free and open to the public.
For more information, go to the Festival website or call 757-640-0500.