79th Annual St. Elias Mediterranean Festival

The St. Elias Mediterranean Festival has been dishin’ out dolmas since 1933. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I have EVER heard of a festival that’s been around that long. 79 years? That is IMPRESSIVE. And the festival hasn’t lasted nearly 8 decades because of just luck either…with tons of Mediterranean food and music…this festival is the definition of awesome.

The festival has been going strong ever since its debut, and this year promises to be more of the same. The fest’s current iteration features the finest in local cuisine from Lebanon, Palestine, Greece, Eritea and Romania. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had Eritean delicacies, but I feel like it was somewhere between never and never.  You can expect the usual Gyros and Baklava, plus more uncommon treats like Kibbee, Spanokopeta, and Mici.

This is Spanokopeta. It's even better in non-digital form.

Other highlights include an Orthodox Bazaar, which is totally an oxymoron when you think about it. After you stuff yourself with fig leaves and Kalamata olives, enjoy the musical stylings of Stavros and Maria while learning to dance the Mediterranean way. Best of all, if your kids are along for the ride, the festival has a designated oasis for youngins.

Stavros and Maria (and instrument)

The festival runs from 6pm to midnight on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8. That gives you plenty of time to bone up on all of your classical literature and mythology from the Mediterranean region, that way your liberal arts degree can finally come in handy. *Extra Special Bonus* Click the “I like it” button on the event page for a chance at winning a pair of free tickets to the festival!

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