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Santa Cruz Eat Like A Greek Festival

SANTA CRUZ:  Greek Festival September 6-8, 2019

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
223 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
(831) 429-6500
Free admission

 5-10 p.m.
 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
 12-7 p.m.

Celebrate Greek culture, food and music at the Mediterranean courtyard at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Santa Cruz. Visitors will have a chance to taste many Greek dishes including specialties like:

  • Lamb Shanks with Orzo — marinated lamb shank, roasted and served with orzo pasta
  • Calamari — golden fried strips of calamari, served with dipping sauce
  • Gyros — savory grilled meat wrapped in freshly baked pita bread, topped with a garlicky tzatziki sauce
  • Tiropita — a savory pastry made with layers of buttered filo, filled with an egg and cheese mixture
  • Moussaka — layers of eggplant, ground meat sauce, topped with béchamel sauce and cheese
  • Vegetarian Moussaka — layers of eggplant, potatoes, zucchini, red peppers, béchamel sauce and cheese
  • Pastitsio — Greek macaroni, ground meat sauce, topped with a layer of béchamel sauce and cheese
  • Dolmades — ground beef, rice wrapped with grape leaves; also available vegetarian style with rice only
  • Spanakopita — savory spinach and cheese filling wrapped with buttery filo pastry  
  • Baklava— a layered confection of nuts, honey and buttery filo   
  • Kourabiedes — butter cookies topped with powdered sugar   
  • Loukoumades — deep fried delicate puffs of pastry topped with honey syrup and nuts
  • Koulourakia — small, twisted cookies excellent to dip in your coffee
  • Greek Coffee — a slightly sweet, brewed on the spot, specialty Greek coffee

Enjoy live Greek music performed by The Spartan Band throughout the three-day event. Bring friends and family, sit in the sunshine in the courtyard, and relax Greek style. Our Greek taverna features imported Greek spirits, wine, and beer, as well as local selections. Feel like dancing? Push a few chairs aside and enjoy yourself! Come live and Eat Like a Greek for a weekend! Please, no pets — service animals only.

All proceeds benefit Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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