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New Orleans Greek Festival: Top 5 Reasons To Go Greek

The baklava sundae at Greek Fest (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Get ready New Orleans, it’s time to go Greek! That’s right, it is Greek Festival in NOLA and that means three days of food, entertainment and fun! From May 27th – 29th, Bayou St. John is the place to be for fun in the sun as you celebrate Greek culture. It’s a great way to mix it up this year and stray from the typical barbecue during Memorial Weekend! Without further ado, let’s get to the top 5 reasons to attend this unique festival (in no particular order of course):

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Head to Bayou St. John on Memorial Day weekend and enjoy authentic Greek food, live music, and more at the Greek Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)

1. The Price: Access to Greek Fest is an absolute steal. For a mere $5, you’re in all day long. You can’t even go to the movies for $5 anymore. Don’t want to spend $5? No problem, just show up on Sunday in your finest toga and you’ll get free entry and a shot at some great prizes!

2. The Location: Greek Fest takes place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral which overlooks beautiful Bayou St. John. With a large grassy area leading from the cathedral to the bayou, the fest location provides you with the opportunity to take to the water, enjoy a picnic on the grass or just lay out and enjoy the day.

3. The Pastries: Now I’m not knocking the rest of the food at Greek Fest, like the gyros or the souvlaki, but the pastries are king of the fest. The baklava, cakes, cookies and pastries are so popular that the Pastry Express has been set up so you can buy your favorites in bulk to take home and enjoy when the festival is over. Or before you leave, whichever you prefer.

4. The Drinks: Greek Fest has all the requisite sodas, sno-balls, daiquiris and beers, but it is the drinks with the Greek tilt that are the best sellers. The pomegranate is a Greek symbol of abundance and good luck and is the star of the Greek Fest beverage realm. Pomegranate iced tea, sno-balls and daiquiris will not only bless you with abundance and good luck, but they’ll also cool you down all weekend long. Greek coffee, Greek iced coffee and Ouzo round out your remaining Greek beverages.

5. Entertainment: No matter how you like to entertain yourself, Greek Fest has something to fit the bill. If you’re a runner, Friday evening has both 1 mile and 5k run/walk races. If dancing is your thing, dance performances and dance lessons occur throughout all three days of the festival. If you’re more of a music person, Alpha Omega will be performing traditional Greek music on the outdoor music stage. Have the kids with you? Turn them loose on the Athenian Playground featuring a rock wall, space walk, canoes and more! And if you’re like us and you seriously enjoy shopping for food and spices, you’ll want to check out the Greek grocery which features a custom made Greek spice blend!

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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard
May 27, 28 and 29

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