If you’re big on Mediterranean cuisine, you won’t want to miss the 34th annual Galveston Greek Festival, set for Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1824 Ball St.
The festival will feature some of the best chefs on the Texas Gulf Coast, who will lay out the goodies Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
The gift shop will feature Greek Christmas ornaments, icons, jewelry, paintings, dolls from Greece, stefana (wedding crown) boxes, and lots more. Or stock up grocery items such as olive oil, olives, pasta and imported canned goods.
The fun doesn’t stop there. You’ll want to strut your stuff to live entertainment complemented by Greek dancers. They’ll perform throughout each day beginning at noon.
The aroma of Mediterranean food will fill the air as the chefs work overtime to prepare traditional Greek favorites such as beef or pork souvlaki (shish kebob), gyro and a complete dinner of pastitsio, salad, dolmades, olives and meat balls.
Pastries – baked by the Greek families of the island and served individually and available in assorted boxes to go – include baklava, melomacarona, kourambiedes, koulourakia and paximadia. And back by popular demand is loukoumades, a honey puff pastry prepared by order on site, as well as homemade bread.
Event admission is free and parking is also free. A la carte food and drink items are priced individually. The complete dinner is $16 and includes the entry donation. For more details, visit www.galvestongreekfestival.com or call 409-762-7591.