Greek Festival Palm Desert
St George Orthodox Church of the Desert
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Palm Desert Greek Festival is a community celebration of Greek culture. But, the heart of our festival is the wonderful homemade Greek food and pastries created from generational, family recipes. Enjoy live Greek music and traditional folk dancing; souvenirs, ethnic groceries, and religious items. OPA! The dedicated members of St. George prepare an assortment of authentic and traditional Greek style foods to amaze the taste buds and make you fall in love with Greece. Experience all the splendor of Greece.
In any Greek village, the natural gathering place is the Kafenion, or coffeehouse. Here you can sip both Greek and American coffees and iced Frappes as you enjoy the mouth-watering Loukoumades (honey-sweetened fritter pastries prepared in front of you) – all while playing a game of backgammon or Tavli. Greek and American specialty coffees are also on hand to accompany the delicious Greek pastries and deserts. Try the authentic Greek grocery to take home a taste of Greece to your kitchen to enjoy beyond the weekend. The “Bakaliko” is our answer to the old-time Greek General store. Here the shelves stocked with imported Greek food and sundry items direct from Greece, including specialty ingredients needed for Greek food and pastry preparation.
Live Greek music will be performed by “The Greeks” a traditional Greek Bouzouki Band performing from noon until festival closing, both Saturday & Sunday. Traditional dancers will present Greek dancing demonstrations of traditional, folk dances at 2 pm, 4pm & 6pm, both days. Festival attendees are encouraged to join in, learn the steps and “Be Greek for a Day! An active area called Hercules Kids Zone with loads of fun is open for the kids. You’ll be transported to the open aire markets of Greece with our array of unique vendors offering exotic, Mediterranean wares.