The Original Greek Festival is back for its 53rd year on the grounds of Montrose's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The volunteer-driven, four-day celebration of Greek heritage brings together the music, dancing, culture, religion, and—of course—food and wine of Greece.
Much like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Original Greek Festival runs on volunteer power—more than 600 of them in fact, taking part in everything from cooking to booth set up to serving food. That doesn’t include the staff of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, who work in tandem with the festival’s board to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. We explored a little of just how much goes into getting this fall favorite off the ground in terms food, drink, and festivities. Spoiler: There's a lot of butter involved.
Keftedes (Greek meatballs)
koulourakia (Greek Easter cookies)
kourambiedes (Greek Christmas cookies)
pounds of flour, just for the loukoumades (Greek doughnuts)
loaves of tsoureki (sweet bread)
pieces of baklava, that sweet dessert of nuts and honey, made from 650 pounds of phyllo dough and 360 pans of pistachio.
pounds of butter to make all the baked goods, combined
spanskopites, in all their spinach-y goodness
tyropites, an easily munchable pie, constructed from yet another 960 pounds of phyllo dough.
dolmades, or stuffed grape leaves
pounds of tenderloin for souvlaki skewers
cases of wine (approximately 7,200 bottles)
dancers, who perform stunning traditional dances
different vendors in the Agora
days to enjoy the festival.
The Original Greek Festival runs from Oct. 3–6. Tickets available at gate for $5. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd. 713-526-5377. More info at greekfestival.org.