Monday, February 14, 2011

Say OPA!!! to the long-running Saint Sophia Greek Festival

Now in its 33rd year, the annual Saint Sophia Greek Festival spotlights all things Greek -- from the country's unique cuisine and arts and crafts to the iconic Greek dancing!

Such popular delicacies as mousaka (eggplant), pastitsio (Greek lasagna), spanokopita (spinach pie) and tyropita (cheese pie), lamb, gyros, souvlaki and Greek salads. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be no shortage of Greek pastries including baklava and honey-dipped loukoumades.

Greek dancers, ranging in age from 5-18, will celebrate their heritage with shows throughout the weekend that feature popular traditional folk dances.

A variety of booths offering arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, religious art and devotional items and books will be on hand. Guided tours of the Saint Sophia Byzantine Cathedral will be offered each day, and there will be a children's area with rides, games and other activities.

Visitors will enjoy cooking demonstrations hosted by the women of Saint Sophia’s Greek community. Many of south Florida’s Greek restaurants will also be participating in the demonstrations. The popular Taverna EOS returns with its Greek nightclub setting complete with music, dancing and specialty foods.  

Saint Sophia’s 33rd annual Greek Festival opens on Friday, Feb. 25 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 27. The Saint Sophia Cathedral is located at 2401 S.W. 3 Ave., Miami (Coral Way and 24th Road), near Miami’s historic Roads neighborhood.

Festival hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 12 and under.

1 comment:

  1. What a great write up! I have attended this festival. It's a "staycation" to Greece! Have a wonderful visit with lots to see and do.