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Albuquerque Grecian Festival features food, music, dance


Several dance groups will be part of the Albuquerque Grecian Festival, which starts Friday, Oct. 4, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 6. (Courtesy of Albuquerque Grecian Festival)

Celebrate all things Greek at the Albuquerque Grecian Festival, which starts Friday, Oct. 4, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 6, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church.

“The festival has continued to grow just a little bit every year, and we try to keep things simple, because people have come to know what we do every year, which includes all of our live music and the kids’ dancing,” said Igg Gianopoulos, event spokesman. “We have several different dance groups.”

The entertainment keeps things lively and fun, and the traditional Greek food keeps bellies happy and full.

“Our menu hasn’t changed much in the last few years,” Gianopoulos said. “We’re sticking with the stuff that does well and that people seem to like, so we continue to have our fantastic barbecued lamb and our baked chicken dishes, as well as salads and all sorts of other fantastic stuff.”

All the food is prepared in the hall at the church, with the exception of a couple of items.

“We actually prepare all of the food here at St. George,” Gianopoulos said. “Most of the cooking and all of the baking of our pastries is all done right here by our parishioners. There’s a huge kitchen in the hall at the church, and that place is busy with either pastries or other prep, as far as the food is concerned, almost all summer long because the ladies are in there baking. We make our own spanakopita now, and so it’s all really fantastic stuff.”

Craft beer drinkers and wine lovers will delight in the offerings at the festival.

“One of the things that we instituted a couple years ago is having craft beer on the premises,” Gianopoulos said. “We’ve even got Greek beer that we have on draft, as well. We’ve got wines from Greece, craft beers from Greece, as well as local craft beer and regular domestic beer.”

Street parking is available, and the church provides a free shuttle to and from the event from a parking lot at Lomas and University NE.

“It’s very, very easy to get into the festival that way,” Gianopoulos said.

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