Things We Did: Raleigh Greek Festival 2017

Big crowd for the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley
Big crowd for the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley

By Kay Whatley, Editor

On September 8, 2017, my sister, daughter, and I returned to the Raleigh Greek Festival for the second year in a row.  The festival was in its 36th year of bringing Greek food, dancing, cooking demonstrations, and vendors to Raleigh.

The festival is organized by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This year, the church selected Habitat for Humanity to receive a portion of proceeds from the festival.

Habitat for Humanity booth at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley
Habitat for Humanity booth at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Habitat for Humanity Hammering Contest at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley
Habitat for Humanity Hammering Contest at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Hot foods, salads, and baklava were offered on the right-hand side of the festival space, with plenty of tables and chairs in the center for the crowd to eat. Food service areas broken down by souvlaki, gyros, pizza, hot donuts, coffee, baked goods and more, lined the left side.

Three lanes of food service at the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley
Three lanes of food service at the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

The Greek Pastry Shoppe at the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley
The Greek Pastry Shoppe at the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

A stage set up in the center held a variety of performers throughout the festival. There were musicians and dancers of all ages.

Dancers at the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017 in the Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley
Dancers at the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017 in the Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Classes were held throughout the festival in Greek cooking and Orthodoxy 101. We sat in on the Friday evening class, which showed how to make Skorthalia — a garlic-potato dip — and Tzatziki — made with yogurt and cucumber.

Behind the stage, a large Greek Market hosted vendors offering jewelry, clothing, imported foods, books, and unique items.

One of the market vendors at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley
One of the market vendors at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

A market vendor selling trendy airplants at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley
A market vendor selling trendy airplants at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

A nesting doll and holiday ornament vendor at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley
A nesting doll and holiday ornament vendor at the Raleigh Greek Festival 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

This festival offers free day-passes, making it easy to stop in and check it out without cost… though once you see the delicious foods and cookies, if you’re like us you’ll buy some goodies while you’re there. We’ve enjoyed this festival the past two years, and are glad to support the church and help it to provide for Habitat for Humanity.

Watch for next year’s festival at raleighgreekfestival.com.

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