This is my favorite Greek Festival around, and if you visit, I think you will agree. They are situated right on the Halifax River in Downtown Daytona Beach, and it offers a very picturesque backdrop to some very festive authentic Greek Dancing, music, and celebration!
Near the entrance as you come in,there are several craft and souvenir booths that are interesting, filled with Greek themed gifts and jewelry.
But, the food, is the highlight for me! The food prepared here is outstanding, it's homemade, fresh, delicious, and it keeps me coming back every year. This year was the best yet, with a large Gyro station with a whole row of spinning Gyro meats roasting before your eyes! Freshly prepared Gyros with freshly grilled bread, sliced tomato,onions, and that yummy cucumber yogurt dip! Pete is the head of the Gyro Station, and his team worked hard and kept the food coming!
This year they had a frozen prepared food section, from Yia Yia's , so you can buy trays of your favorite foods, and keep them in the freezer, cooking them as you need them. I bought a tray of spinach pies!
They had a cafeteria style dining section, where you can choose from a variety of fresh Greek meals and eat it right there at the indoor dining area. They had dessert areas with several assortments of baklava to eat in or to buy a whole tray to take home with you.
Outdoors, there was a stage, with a dancing area, an a la cart food area to pick up foods, like greek salads, stuffed grape leaves, and spinach pies and more.
They also were making fresh honey balls on premise which are like a round doughnut ball with a honey syrup. Very delicious.
The authentic Greek band was playing some really cool Greek dance music, and people were dancing all over the place!
The band was called "A Night in Athens Trio" featuring George Antonopoulos, Nick Trivelas & Joanna and you can contact them at www.greekband.com . They travelled all the way from North Carolina to participate in this festival!
It was very fun to see the dancers, in authentic Greek costumes, dancing across the floor, while the band played, and dollar bills flying all over! The music you will hear on the soundtrack of the photostory below is dance music by George Antonopoulos, Nick Trivelas & Joanna. Enjoy!
I had fun and took home lots of goodies for my fridge and freezer! If you come, you will never be disappointed at the quality of this Greek Festival by St. Demetrios! It's in November of every year! Check their website for this upcoming year's dates!!!