Hey friends! I skipped out of work a bit early on Thursday and headed over to day one of the Houston Greek Fest hosted at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church. Despite being hot, it was so much fun! If you are planning to head that way this weekend here are 8 Tips for Houston Greek Fest!
Do sip on Greek Wine!
There is a great beer and wine counter near the middle of the festival serving up the best greek wine, beers and cocktails. There is also hand squeezed lemonade available near the front entrance.
Be sure to bring cash and canned goods
If you bring three canned goods to donate to the Houston Food Bank, your entrance to the festival is free! One inside though cash is required for the food vendors. While there are a few ATMs inside those usually charge an arm and a leg. A few of the vendors selling clothes and such did take cards, but food and drinks require cards. Just grab plenty of cash before you arrive to be safe.
Remember hand sanitizer
This church is protecting their building so only festival volunteers are allowed inside. With that said, guests are left to use the portable toilets near the entrance. So be sure to bring hand sanitizer or potty before you arrive!
Do not leave without dessert!
There is a whole section of Greek desserts with tons of tempting items. I went home with a beautiful box of Greek desserts including some of the best baklava I’ve ever had.
Pay Attention to Location
This Greek festival is hosted at the St. Basil the Greek Orthodox Church located on 1100 Eldridge Parkway. This is out in West Houston between I-10 and Westheimer.
Do enjoy the entertainment!
On my visit several groups of children performed traditional Greek dances in traditional Greek attire. It was SO stinking cute! Be sure to secure a seat under the main pavilion for one because it is the coolest spot at the festival and two you will have prime seats for the performers!
Parking at the church is $10 cash only. There is a bit of street parking on the street that runs parallel with Eldridge, but you would need to get there early to secure those spots.
Grab the Dinner Plate!
There are plenty of good a la carte items such as gyros, but the dinner plate is your best plate. The version I ordered included spanakopita (my FAV), Greek salad, meatballs and pasta. It was a great way to try several items for about $15 bucks.
The Greek Fest is all weekend including Saturday until 10pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. Grab your family and friends and be sure to check it out!