Head to Baltimore's Greek Folk Festival, June 8-11

Festival season has descended on the city and has manifested itself in already in many ways including blues, jazz, food trucks, helicopter rides. beer and wine amongst zoo animals… and the list goes on.

Most of the city’s spring and summer festivals pop up in the parks and similar style venues, but Baltimore’s St. Nicholas Greek Festival takes root in the heart of Greektown, at the Plateia, a spot with plenty of green space and a building to welcome revelers, amidst the surrounding residences.

For four crazy days and nights (yes, half of Hanukkah’s 8 crazy nights, if you’re an Adam Sandler fan) the Greeks totally transform the entire neighborhood into a true festival atmosphere with music that spills from the plateia as much as your ouzo may spill from your glass.
 
If you’re a fan of gyros (and how could you not be?), there’s Instagram-worthy lamb on the spit ready to be sliced off and slathered with tzatziki and wrapped in pillowy flatbread. Not a lamb fan? Grab some souvlaki or decadent moussaka. Want sweets? Hunker down with the flakiest baklava or some honey covered loukamades.
 
Of course, what we really adore at this festival is? The drinks. Naturally. If it’s piping hot, as it has been in some recent years, a cool brew is on point, and this is your opportunity to step out of the Miller Light/Natty Boh rut you might be in. There are only authentic Greek bottled beers available and you might find yourself grading them better on your craft beer apps than you would expect.
 
The wine options are decent, but we recommend the cocktails. These ladies are stirring classic Greek liquors to make cocktails that we adore enough to make us wish the Greek festival was a year-round event.
 
While you’re noshing and sipping to the backdrop of upbeat Greek music and entertainment, you can toy with the wisdom of hopping on the ferris wheel or taking your little one or S.O. to peruse the vendor stands.
 
All festival events will take place at GreekTown Square and Events Center, located at 701 S Ponca Street in Baltimore, and at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Festival hours include: June 8 from noon to 10 PM, June 9 from noon to 11 PM, June 10 from noon to 11 PM., and June 11 from noon to 10 PM. All proceeds benefit the philanthropic efforts of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. For more information, visit www.GreekFolkFestival.org.


Photo via the Greek Folk Festival

 

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