L.A. Greek Fest “14th Annual Festival Extravaganza”


Theatrical presentation “Conversations with the Ancients.”

Hanks, Wilson serve as honorary chairs/guest hosts for Sept. 7–9 event

After a year’s sabbatical that allowed for the completion of the new Cultural Center on the Cathedral grounds, the L.A. Greek Fest is back! Hollywood’s favorite superstar couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will once again serve as honorary chairs and celebrity guest hosts of this year’s “14th Annual Festival Extravaganza.”

This year’s event — “Celebrating the Magic and Enchantment of Greece” — will feature Greece’s hottest singing sensation, Thanos Petrelis, direct from Athens. Thanos will be showcased in two special performances on Saturday and Sunday evenings. It’s a “Passport to a Grecian Holiday” for everyone in Los Angeles to enjoy and appreciate — and all excitingly presented on the beautiful and expansive Grand Plaza grounds of Saint Sophia Cathedral.

“This is our fourteenth annual festival and now with the new Center to add in to the mix, we’re going to celebrate the return of our event in spectacular style,” enthuses Fest director Ted Pastras. “In addition to Tom and Rita, we’ll have a lot of showbiz celebrities from Hollywood and people from all over Southern California coming to the Byzantine Latino Quarter to enjoy the atmosphere and fun. Tom and Rita are part of the Cathedral family, and they’re lending their star power to our festival so that the people of the Southland can appreciate all the fun and excitement of the Greek Islands — right here in the City of Angels.”

Cooking Appetizers at the Taverna.

The festival’s Passport to a Grecian Holiday theme allows guests to “celebrate the magic and enchantment of Greece.” Concession booths will spotlight Greek food specialties to stimulate a culinary fantasy with the dining pleasures of Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Saloniki, and other exotic Hellenic destinations. It’s a weekend of great food, music, and dancing — with the irresistible spirit of the Aegean.

Exquisite Greek cuisine at the various exotically themed booths will include spanakopita, calamari, pastitsio, and the spectacular flaming cheese saganaki. The always popular Greek pastry booth will serve up exotic pastry creations including baklava, powdered crescent cookies — and the king of custards, galaktoboureko.

Travel-themed raffle prizes will be awarded, including a Grand Prize Deluxe vacation package, weekend getaways, a digital TV and camera, American Tourister luggage, and more.

The Fest and Cathedral are located at 1324 S. Normandie Ave. (corner of Pico and Normandie). Free and secure parking will be available nearby and shuttle service will be offered continuously to satellite lots. The Fest runs 5–11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7; Saturday, Sept. 8, 1–11 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 9, 12–10 p.m.

Admission is free to everyone on Friday night and $3 for adults on Saturday and Sunday. Kids under 12, military personnel, and first-responders will be admitted free of charge all weekend long.


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