Welcome

Dear Visitor,

On behalf of the Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Birmingham, I would like to warmly welcome you to the 47th Annual Birmingham Greek Festival.

The Greek (or Hellenic) Community of Birmingham is proud to share its Greek culture, heritage, faith tradition, and cuisine with you. Each year we offer this celebration to approximately 30,000 visitors, so that together we in Birmingham can experience a heritage that is not only historically important, but also a culture that celebrates life.

Greece, of course, has a rich pre-Christian history that includes the great epics of Homer and the philosophy of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle. This was the birthplace of Christianity in Europe, when Paul planted some of the earliest Christian communities in Thessalonica and Corinth, which have existed uninterrupted for the last 2000 years. All of this history and heritage is given form—takes on “flesh and bones”—in the rich sights, sounds, and taste of this culture that you will experience in your visit today.

Of course, Greek or Hellenistic culture has never been reserved only for people of a certain DNA. Beginning especially with Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, Hellenism was the ecumenical or universal culture for most of the known Western world, spreading as far as India in the east. The same is true today. Our community and church is home to Greeks and people from all nations. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not thank the members of our Greek Orthodox Community who have worked tirelessly for many months to put together this year’s Greek Festival. Their hard work is inspired by their love for their Church and their desire to share their lives, culture, and faith with the Birmingham Community.

Please feel free to ask me or any of our members for help during your visit

We thank you and the entire city of Birmingham for your ongoing support. As a token of our appreciation, we annually donate a portion of the proceeds to local (as well as national) charities.

May God bless you and your families, and I pray that your time with us is enjoyable and edifying.

Sincerely,
Fr. Gregory Edwards
Dean of the Cathedral

About

The Holy Trinity – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox parish was chartered in 1906, and is the 4th oldest Greek Orthodox parish in the Southeast. The beautiful and inspiring Byzantine interior of the basilica enhances the Orthodox Christian’s worship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Please take a self-guided tour between 10:30am – 9:00pm during our three-day festival; parishioners are available to answer any questions. Call ahead to schedule a tour for large school and church groups.

Since 1972 and with your help our Food Festival has donated over $3 Million to local and national charities. In recent years, these charities have included: Magic Moments, The Bell Center, The Exceptional Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House, The Fire House Shelter, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Pathways, Family Connection, The Wellhouse, Jimmie Hale Mission, Safe House, Alabama Kidney Foundation, MS Society, and The Greater Birmingham Ministries.

The Birmingham Greek Festival and is one of Birmingham’s oldest and most anticipated cultural events. The festival has been an act of love from Birmingham’s Greek community to the city of Birmingham going back four generations. During our three-day Festival you will experience the Greeks’ legendary zest for life and delicious authentic Greek cuisine. In addition to the food you will enjoy Greek music, dancing, and a warm spirited atmosphere that embraces everyone as family. As thousands of returning patrons can attest, you will leave a devoted fan.

The festival offers free admission, indoor and outdoor dining, and food plates that are individually priced. Be sure to stroll through The Greek Market Place which has Mediterranean and Orthodox Christian souvenirs. Free parking is located in the former Liberty National parking building located one block away on 20th Street (Richard Arrington Blvd) between 3rd and 4th Avenue.

The convenient drive thru service is available all three days from 10:30am-7pm. No need to call ahead and place your order. Our servers will greet you, take your big or small order, and deliver right to your vehicle.

Come experience a taste of Greece without the airfare!

MENU

Come enjoy traditional and delectable delights prepared by the Greek chefs of our community and served by them during the Greek Food Festival weekend. All mezzes (appetizers), entrees, and desserts are still homemade, as they have been for 47 years when the festival began, and are comprised of only the freshest and finest ingredients available.

Download Our One-Page Menu

Enjoy the following delicious meals at the festival:

Pitas - Four filo triangles filled with feta cheese mixture or feta and spinach mixture.

Dolmathes - Grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice and topped with lemon.

Deluxe Plate - Delicious Greek style chicken served with pastichio, rice pilaf, spanakopita, Greek salad, and a roll.

Souvlakia - Marinated lamb skewered and grilled on an open fire.

Greek Chicken - Greek-style chicken at its finest, baked and basted in a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano.

Pasticho - a wonderful combination with layers of macaroni, ground beef in a Greek tomato sauce, topped with a layer of delicious cream bechamel sauce.

Veggie Plate - A meatless plate with our delicious rice pilaf, Greek dinner salad, 2 spanakopitas, 2 tiropitas, greek style green beans.

Gyro Sandwich - Grilled slices of seasoned beef and lamb topped with lettuce and Greek tsaziki sauce and rolled in warm pita bread.

Gyro & Salad - Gyro sandwich served with Greek salad.

Greek Salad - Large traditional Greek salad tossed with Greek dressing and topped with feta, calamata olives, and salonika peppers.

As well as these pastries:

Baklava - Layer upon layer of buttered filo and ground pecans bathed in a honey syrup.

Chocolate Baklava - Classic baklava dipped in chocolate.

Melomakarona - Honey and nut cookie topped with chopped pecans.

Kourambethes - Greek wedding cookie sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Koulourakia - Butter coffee twists.

Loukoumathes - Greek fried donuts, dipped in warm honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Almond Crescent - Almond paste filling topped with honey and almonds.

Kataiffi - Shredded filo, walnuts, honey and cinnamon mixture

SPONSORS

Birmingham's Greek Food Festival would like to thank our Ad Book Sponsors!


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ENTERTAINMENT

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, & SATURDAY (OCTOBER 3 - 5)

  • Live Greek Entertainment Thursday, Friday, Saturday October 3-5.
  • Live Greek Music will be performed by George Karras Thursday-Friday-Saturday from 10:30am-10pm.
  • Greek Dancing Performances will take place on the Main Stage on 19th Street and inside the Banquet Hall.
  • Greek dancers from ages 4-18 years old will perform Thursday, Friday & Saturday beginning at 5pm.
  • D. J. Disco Hristo will be playing favorite Greek Music tunes all 3 days.

DRIVE-THRU

Drive-Thru Menu

Hours of Drive Thru is 10:30am-7pm

If you don't have time to attend the Greek Festival our Drive-Thru is perfect for you October 3 - 5 from 10:30am-7:00pm. No need to call ahead and place your order. Our servers will greet you, take your big or small order, and deliver right to your vehicle.

Driving Directions
Enter from 4th Avenue South and head North towards 3rd Avenue South, towards downtown Birmingham

CATHEDRAL TOURS

The Holy Trinity – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox parish was chartered in 1906, and is the 4th oldest Greek Orthodox parish in the Southeast. The beautiful and inspiring Byzantine interior of the basilica enhances the Orthodox Christian’s worship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Please take a self-guided tour between 10:30am – 9:00pm during our three-day festival; parishioners are available to answer any questions. Call ahead to schedule a tour for large school and church groups.


ABOUT THE CHURCH

The Orthodox Church, sometimes called the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox or Eastern Orthodox Church is the original Christian church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Orthodox Christians believe in Jesus Christ as God and in the church He established. The history of the church begins with Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and incredible as it seems, for almost twenty centuries the Orthodox church has continued its undiminished and unaltered faith. Its apostolic doctrine, practice, worship and structure have remained intact throughout the millennia. Orthodoxy is the second largest body in Christendom with 225 million people worldwide. In the United States and Canada there are almost 1 million Orthodox Christians. It is the church of some of history’s greatest theologians, scholars and writers: John Chrysostom, Jerome, Augustine, Dostoyevsky, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

2019 GREEK FESTIVAL HOTEL INFORMATION

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Downtown UAB
2024 4th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

For those needing to stay at the SpringHill Suites Hotel during the Festival , the hotel has reserved us a block of rooms for October 3 - 5, 2019.

To make reservations, please call (205) 322-8600 and ask for the "Greek Fest Room Block".
Book your group rate for Greek Fest 2019

The room rate is $129.00 per night (discounted from the normal room rate of $189 per night) for a Queen/King Suite and it includes:

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Guest Laundry
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Airport Shuttle

CUTOFF DATE: Reservations by attendees MUST be received on or before September 11, 2019.

CONTACT

WHEN & WHERE
FREE PARKING In the former Liberty National Parking Building one block away located on 21st Street (Richard Arrington Blvd) between 3rd and 4th Avenue.
October 3rd, 4th, & 5th
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
307 19th Street South
(205) 716-3088
Parking Details

WHEN & WHERE
FREE PARKING In the former Liberty National Parking Building one block away located on 21st Street (Richard Arrington Blvd) between 3rd and 4th Avenue.
October 3rd, 4th, & 5th
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
307 19th Street South
(205) 716-3088
Parking Details

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