Belmont Greek Festival Set for Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5Featuring delicious Greek food that's "fit for the gods," the 46th Annual Belmont Greek Festival comes to the mid-Peninsula on Labor Day weekend, Sat., Sept. 3 - Mon., Sept. 5, at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas (corner of Ralston Avenue), in Belmont. Festival hours are 12-10 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 12-8 pm on Monday.
The family-friendly Belmont Greek Festival is expected to play host to 20,000 visitors over the three-day weekend, taming the hungriest of appetites with scrumptious Greek meals and pastries, and entertaining young and old alike with fabulous music, dancing, a mythology play and children's amusement area.
Guests will delight in the popular barbecued lamb chops (with special Greek seasonings), souvlakia (Greek shish-kebab), spanakopita (spinach and cheese stuffed inside layers of filo pastry), dolmades (grape leaves wrapped around ground beef and rice) and moussaka (layers of seasoned meat and eggplant topped with creamy bechamel sauce).
There will also be traditional homemade Greek pastries such as baklava (layers of nuts and filo pastry soaked in honey), loukoumades (tender doughnut holes covered with honey), kourambiedes (crescent-shaped butter cookies covered with powdered sugar) and galactobouriko (filo pastry filled with custard and covered with syrup).
"This year, we're offering free admission for guests who arrive between 12 and 2 PM on Saturday and Monday," said Festival Co-chair Mary Clay, "so we invite everyone to come down and enjoy some fabulous Greek food and entertainment."
"Nobody goes hungry at the Belmont Greek Festival," Clay added. "All our dishes are prepared by our volunteers with fresh, all-natural ingredients, and we use family recipes that have been handed down for generations."
Festival guests will enjoy continuous entertainment on two large stages. At the main stage, they can dance to exciting music by a live Greek band and also watch various folk dance groups perform in their colorful, hand-made costumes.
At the outdoor amphitheater, reminiscent of the theaters of ancient Greece, children and adults alike will enjoy a Greek mythology play, as well as traditional Greek folk songs performed by the Festival Chorus and Orchestra, and cooking demonstrations.
Children's entertainer Andy Z will take to the amphitheater stage to present his award-winning imaginative songs, stories, and colorful characters.
The Fun Zone children's area will offer games, rides, bouncy castles, crafts and more.
Tours of the award-winning Byzantine-style church, including the recently-installed mosaic iconography, will be given throughout the weekend, and the Holy Cross Choir will sing sacred hymns during the first church tour on Sunday.
Other festival highlights will include the agora (flea market), art, clothing, jewelry and gift boutiques, and a bookstore featuring numerous publications and religious icons.
The proceeds of the festival support the many ministries of Holy Cross Church, as well as monetary donations made to local organizations including: Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo County; Samaritan House, San Mateo; Bay Area Cancer Connections, Palo Alto; Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation; and My New Red Shoes, Redwood City.
The hours of the Belmont Greek Festival will be Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, from Noon to 10 pm, and Monday, September 5, from Noon to 8 pm. The Fun Zone for children closes at 7 pm all three days, and the agora (flea market) closes at 6 pm all three days.
Admission is free between 12 and 2 pm on Saturday and Monday. At other times, admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for seniors and youth ages 13-17. Children 12 and under are admitted free, accompanied by an adult.
Guests may print a $1 off admission coupon available on this website.
For more information, keep exploring this site, or visit facebook.com/belmontgrkfest, or call (650) 591-4447. Yassou!
How to Feed a FestivalThe Belmont Greek Festival proudly makes all meals by hand using fresh, authentic ingredients. What does it take to feed our thousands of cherished guests?
The Festival by the Numbers . . .
600 lbs. filo pastry
420 lbs. butter
850 lbs. sugar
350 dozen eggs
more than 500 lbs of butter
a mere 210 gallons of honey
1500 lbs. chicken
1300 lbs. lamb (whole, chops & shanks)
1000 lbs. squid (kalamari)
600 lbs. flour
900 eggplants for moussaka
more than 500 lbs. of feta cheese, and too many lemons to count!
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