Our favorite time of year also includes one of our favorite local festivals! St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church in St Petersburg, FL pulls out all the stops to serve our community with incredible Greek food, drinks, music, dancing, and culture each year at the Super Greek Festival.
As always, the 2023 Super Greek Festival was a delightful experience. It was held from October 6 to 8, with operating hours from 11 AM to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. Admission fees for this year’s event were $3, but active and retired military personnel, as well as those with advance online tickets, were free. The festival has been gaining more popularity each year, resulting in large crowds and limited parking, especially on Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, we prefer to attend early, after all – The early bird gets the Gyro with no line thats for sure!
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(My photos were taken between 4-7 PM on Friday the first night)
Mark and I enjoyed a bottle of dry red wine while browsing the vendors and meandering around the church grounds. The vendors this year consisted of lots of shiny and unique jewelry, apparel, home decor, cooking ingredients, baked goods, and a few local businesses that were selling their services.
The event features live music, dancing, a cultural room with enthusiastic educators explaining Greek history, a Kid’s Corner with bounce houses, and a petting zoo with pony rides (this is the part I am NOT a fan of – I don’t think animals need to be there for the entertainment of children but at least they looked well cared for and were in the shade but still I hope this isn’t something they bring back for the sake of the animals in the Florida heat).
The real star of the show of course is the food!!! We enjoyed Gyros from Seminole Subs and tried the Metaxa cocktails – cold brew and peach sangria – while enjoying the nice weather under the tents with festive music. Once the after-work crowds started to roll in we hit the food lines to purchase to-go meals so we could enjoy them at home. This year we ordered the Keftedes: Greek meatball platter with pilaf rice and green beans and the Pastitsio Platter with rice and green beans plus a side of Beets and Dolmades with rice. Mark and his giant sweet tooth also brought home homemade desserts – Baklava Cheesecake, Galaktoboureko rolls, Chocolate Kok, and Loukoumades! Everything was absolutely delicious with so much flavor and the desserts were pure decadence!
Our tastebuds have already started the count down for next years festival so until then, Opa!!