Did someone say “Opa!”?? It’s almost that time of year! Starting in 1972, the Greek Orthodox Church in Birmingham began to host an annual Greek Food Festival at their own beloved church in order to be able to celebrate their heritage and the growing Greek Community. Today, we’re going to explore the many facets of the Greek festival and Greek History to prepare you for the upcoming festival. Opa!
Where it all Began
One of Birmingham’s oldest cultural food festivals, the Greek Birmingham Food Festival began in 1972 and has only flourished as the years have gone by. Many call it an “Act of Love” for the Greek community in Birmingham and if you can believe it, this act of love began nearly five generations ago!
The Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral Christian Church where it is held was built and started in 1906 and remains one of the oldest Greek Orthodox parishes in the United States. Incredible, right??? The Cathedral Byzantine architecture is not only old and magnificent but absolutely breathtaking! You definitely don’t want to miss the chance to take a free guided tour all three days from 10:00am-9pm. You won’t regret taking the time to do so, either!
A Festival of Fun
With lots of authentic Greek food that is priced per plate, a convenient drive-thru line, dancing and Greek music, you’ll get a real and wonderful taste of Greek cuisine as well as Greek culture. From Gyros to loukoumades to baklava, your stomach won’t be able to get enough and you just might end up coming out to enjoy all three days of this wildly delicious fun! Oh, and whatever you do, don’t forget to take a stroll through the marketplace where there are plenty of souvenirs to remember your special day out.
Since the Beginning….
Did you know that the Greek Festival has been donating money to help fund organizations like Magic Moments, The Bell Center, The Exceptional Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House, The Firehouse Shelter, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Pathways, Family Connection, The Wellhouse, Jimmie Hale Mission, The Greater Birmingham Ministries and more since 1972?? Consider helping out the cause by purchasing a souvenir and of course the plate of food counts too!
If you’re looking for some fun for the family, the Birmingham Greek Orthodox Annual festival is an excellent choice. You can enjoy a trip to Greece without paying any plane, hotel or gas fees. It doesn’t get any better than that, does it? Enjoy the festival!