Every year I look forward to seeing this sign. A sign that is in Greek that means great food and fun times. At the Annapolis Greek Festival at the Sts. Constantine & Helen Church on Riva Road an outrageous amount of food is served this weekend.
Each year I go on Fridays as it’s not as crowded as on the weekends. The Greeks are in good spirits excited with the beginning of this great festival. It’s a place you can go to be Greek for a Day (click to get more festival details.)
My first visit is always at the dessert tables. Yes, that is plural – TABLES filled with incredible, melt in your mouth, Greek delicacies. They seem to go on forever. And the types of cookies and desserts. Names that are hard to pronounce: Baklava, Loukoumades, Koulourakia, Finikia, Galaktobouriko, Kourambiedes, Flogares, Tsoureki, Risogalo, Amigthalota and Almond Corns (Phew – English!)
Of course, the Baklava is to die for. Other favorites are Kourambiedes and Finikia.
The festival also offers a full range of main course dishes with gyros leading the pack. Quickly followed by other hard to pronounce Greek food like Dolmades, Pastitsio, Moussaka, Spanakopita, Tyropita, Arni, Plaki and Greek Oreganato.
As if the festival, the food and the people weren’t enough. The crowning jewel of the festival is the elaborate and stunning church chapel. Built between 1995 and 2005, it took over five years to decorate the alcoves and ceilings of the church. Painted in Greece on canvas and brought to Annapolis with the artisans and craftsmen, these paintings are truly works of art.
If you’re in the area and have never gone to the Greek festival in Annapolis, Maryland. What are you waiting for ? This is truly a fantastic event. May we all be Greek for a Day.