Valley Greek Festival

Valley Greek Festival


In the town of Northridge, the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church hosts a festival each year on Memorial Day weekend, known as The Valley Greek Festival (www.valleygreekfestival.com). Memorial Day Weekend 2010 marked the 37th year of this celebration of all things Greek. At least 500 volunteers join forces with the church to create a cultural experience for festival goers. This includes live music, dancing, homemade pastries and other gourmet Greek foods. In addition there are cooking demonstrations and children’s activities and for avid shoppers, there’s a Greek market and a number of boutiques.

The festival, which lasts for three days, often sees an average of around 50,000 guests. It’s a fundraiser and admission is free. It’s a great way to spend the day with family and friends and immerse yourself in the Greek culture, from the food to the festivities. Each day features an extensive and impressive line-up of performances and exhibitions, so you can here Greek music played by bands or sung by the church choir, watch traditional Greek dancing, or learn how to make Spanakopita, a spinach and cheese pastry, by watching a cooking demonstration.

Head over to the dining area and taste traditional specialties like Souvlaki, which is a marinated beef brochette, or perhaps Mousaka, a traditional Greek style lasagna made with eggplant, pasta and a white cheese cream sauce. Then wander through the boutiques and market to buy traditional Greek spices, foods and wares. The fundraiser supports the church which offers activities and programs for all ages, including two senior citizen complexes, a gym and a youth department which teaches activities like Greek dancing and basketball. Lines can be long at this popular Valley festival keep that in mind when attending. Free parking is available but closer parking can be found at the church for just $5.




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