Everyone is invited to celebrate Greek culture at the St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival, the largest Hellenic festival in the Baltimore metropolitan region. Visitors can enjoy live music, traditional dance performances, arts and crafts and delectable food including pastitsio, dolmathes, baklava and more.
The festivities take place June 11 from 12-11 p.m., June 12 and June 13 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and June 14 from 12-10 p.m. Additionally, on June 11, Constantine Maroulis from “American Idol” and the Broadway hit “Rock of Ages,” performs at 7 p.m. Admission to the festival and concert is free. This event is hosted by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, located at 520 Ponca Street, Baltimore, Md. 21224. The St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival is a part of the 2009 Showcase of Nations Ethnic Festivals.
During the festival, there will be entertaining Greek folk dancing by children from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and other area churches and live music by Apollonia Band, featuring recording artist Maria Pearce. Festival-goers can shop for Byzantine icons, art, jewelry and other Middle Eastern crafts. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can learn great tips for preparing authentic Greek dishes with cooking demonstrations. Throughout the weekend, local vendors will have traditional and appetizing foods such as loukoumathes (fried dough puffs with honey syrup), souvlaki (marinated meat on grilled pita bread with tomatoes, fresh parsley, onions and tzatziki sauce) and tyropita (feta cheese filling wrapped inside crispy filo dough). Patrons can also engage in self-guided tours of the church’s sanctuary with its members available for questions.