Greenville, South Carolina – prepare to don your metaphorical togas and laurel wreaths as Greekville returns to town! It’s an invitation to step into the shoes of the ancient heroes and heroines and be “Greek for a Day.” The community of Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral is set to host its 37th Annual Greenville Greek Festival from May 19 – 21, 2023, and believe me, it’s an event as rich and vibrant as a Hellenic tapestry.
Let’s start with the food, for what would a Greek festival be without an abundance of mouthwatering fare? From the savory allure of Athenian Chicken, Pastichio, or Moussaka, to the familiar comfort of Gyros, your taste buds will be dancing the Sirtaki. And for those who prefer their meals in miniature, there’ll be Greek Meatballs (Keftedes) with Orzo and Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmades) on offer.
But the Greek culinary journey doesn’t stop at savory. Oh no, it ventures into the realm of the sweet with homemade Greek pastries. From the nutty, syrup-soaked layers of Baklava to the buttery delight of Koulourakia and the powdered sugar-dusted Kourambiedes, these are treats worthy of the gods themselves. And if you can’t decide, don’t worry – there’s an assortment plate with all your favorites to take home.
Their newly expanded “Plaka” will be featuring Greek Pizza, Lamb Burgers, Greek Fries, Souvlaki, and Greek-Style Ribs, not to mention Baklava Sundaes, Lemonade and Greek Beer. The Taverna from last year, a crowd-pleaser, will be returning with Greek Beer, Wine, and traditional Greek appetizers or “mezedes”. There’s also the sweet temptation of Greek Donuts (Loukoumades) and Greek Coffee to enjoy as you browse the vendors.
But Greekville isn’t just about food. There will be traditional Greek dances performed by our energetic Dance Troupe, live Greek music to set the mood, and even Church Tours and an Iconography exhibit for those wanting a deeper cultural experience.
Admission is a mere $3, and in true Greek fashion, it’s not just about having a good time but also doing good – all proceeds go to Just Say Something, a nonprofit dedicated to educating youth about risky behaviors.
The Greek Festival is a cherished tradition in Upstate, a testament to the strength and warmth of our community. Since 1936, the Saint George Greek Orthodox Community has been part of Greenville’s cultural fabric, and since 1987, the Greek Festival has been our way of sharing our culture with the city that has embraced us. We extend a warm invitation to you and your family to join us in this joyous celebration, to taste, see, and experience Greece, right here in the heart of Greenville.