When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Purchase Tickets Online
Admission (Adults): $3.00
Children 12 and under: Free
The 17th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, has an exciting new venue and new dates this year! The Santa Fe Greek Festival will be held at the Eldorado Hotel in the Pavillion Room in the heart of downtown Santa Fe! The new dates are Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th from 11:00 am to 9:00 p.m. on both days. This is a festive and lively event and a great way to experience Greek culture in Santa Fe! Enjoy Greek food, pastries, music, dancing and beer and wine too!
New Mexico’s premier Greek band, “The Aegean Sounds”, will be serenading festival attendees and the lively Palamakia Dancers will be performing traditional Greek dances with a flair! And, a new addition to the entertainment line-up this year is Santa Fe's own Pomegranate Studios' Mosaic Dance Company will be performing their professional and entertaining belly-dancing!
“We have recruited many Santa Fe restaurant owners and chefs who are of Greek descent to create our menu, once again, for the festival." said Violet Santikos, Advertising Chair. "We'll have Moussaka on the menu for the first time this year too!", added Santikos. This year’s menu and the restaurant owners involved are as follows: Leonardo Razatos of the Plaza Café Southside will be preparing authentic Gyros (beef & lamb) on the spit or Chicken Gyros with fresh pita bread and tomatoes, onion and tzatziki sauce. Dean Alexis of Upper Crust Pizza and Tortilla Flats will be providing Greek Calzone filled with feta cheese, Greek olives, spinach, onions and seasoned with oregano as well as a Greek salad. Dean Alexis will also be contributing Spanakopita (a filo pastry dough triangle filled with spinach and feta cheese) and Moussaka (slices of potato and eggplant layered with meat sauce and topped with a creamy béchamel sauce). Ignatios Patsalis of Tomasita's/Atrisco Cafe will contribute Pastitsio (the Greek version of lasagna with penne noodles, sautéed meat, tomato sauce, parsley, salt, pepper and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg--topped with a creamy béchamel sauce). And, finally, Ziggy Rzig of the Pyramid Cafe will round us out with a Vegetarian Delight which will be a plate with Baba Ganoush, hummus, tabouli, dolmades and a warm pita bread.
“We will definitely have our delicious Greek pastries available including, Baklava, Kourambiedes (powdered sugar cookies), Melomakarona (honey cookies with walnuts), Koulourakia (Greek twist cookies—great to dunk in coffee) and Loukoumades (fluffy fried balls of dough coated with a light honey sauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon) as well as our Greek Coffee.” added Santikos.
Another new feature this year is the Silent Auction! If anybody would like to donate any items or gift certificates for the silent auction, please contact Tonya Boone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be a “Greek Agora” (Greek Import Store) that will be selling Greek gift items as well as canned and bottled Greek foods throughout the festival. There will be several large raffle prizes where you can buy a ticket to win too!
The 17th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival will take place at the Eldorado Hotel in the Pavillion Room in downtown Santa Fe at 309 W. San Francisco Street on Saturday, July 12th and on Sunday, July 13th from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on both days. There is a $3.00 Admission Fee for Adults and Children 12 and under are free. All food and drink tickets can be purchased at the festival. Valet Parking is available at the Eldorado Hotel for $9 per day or self parking is available at the Sandoval City Parking Garage across the street for $2 per hour or $10 per day. For more information about the Santa Fe Greek Festival, please contact Violet Santikos at 505-577-4742 or visit the website at http://santafegreekfestival.com/