L.A. Greek Fest 2009

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Guests enjoy watching the Saginaki (Flaming Cheese) being prepared.

Guests enjoy watching the Saginaki (Flaming Cheese) being prepared.

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 L.A. Greek Fest 2009—highlighted by the exciting ”Passport to a Grecian Holiday” salute, presented September 11-13 on the Grand Plaza grounds of Saint Sophia Cathedral. This year’s featured promotional theme is “Celebrating a Taste of Greece.”
Superstar Anna Vissi will perform in a special Saturday night appearance at the Fest to help celebrate Greek culture with the Los Angeles community—the same city where she recorded half of her 25th studio album, Apagorevmeno (“Sony Greece”).
Los Angeles Magazine has recognized the L.A. Greek Fest as one of the “must-see, must-do” Sep-tember events in Los Angeles. Because of its prominence in the community and singularly unique presentation format, Hollywood celebrities and VIP dignitaries come from all over Los Angeles and the West coast to visit throughout the weekend.
“We want to welcome one and all—not only to the Fest but into our beautiful Cathedral during their visit,” encourages Fest Directors Ted& Jan Pastras. “Come experience the ‘warm heart of Los Angeles’ and Greek hospitality at its finest. There’s nothing else like it anywhere!”

Exotic Travel Theme

Celebrity Guest Hosts Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

Celebrity Guest Hosts Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

A “Passport to a Grecian Holiday” theme marks plans again for this year’s Fest. It’s a weekend of great food, music, dancing and the irresistible spirit of the Aegean, and it’s all within easy reach in the heart of Los Angeles.
 Exquisite Greek cuisine at the various exotically-themed booths will include spanakopita, calamari, mousaka, pastitsio and Saganaki (flaming cheese). The dessert booth will serve up exotic pastry creations including baklava, and the king of custards, galaktoboureko.
One of the hottest Fest attractions is Tunics, a top-notch sports bar located on the north end of the plaza grounds. Tunics offer continual broadcasts of all the top-rated weekend football games and other sporting events. Also featured will be a line of select Greek beers, wine and Metaxa brandy cocktails complemented by food specialties like feta fries, Greek sausage sandwiches and mini-lamb chops.
Continuing partnerships with 20th Century Fox, Signquest, Paramount Studios, California Produce, Caffe D’Amore, Time/Warn-er Cable and Daphne’s Greek Cafes are expected to help push this year’s Fest attendance well above the 40,000 level over the three-day weekend. Further fueling the visitor surge is the assistance of the Los Angeles Metro-politan Transportation Authority with its vehicle signage and Web site postings, provided daily, to thousands of transit riders.
As usual, extensive tours of Saint Sophia Cathedral, a world-renowned architectural and religious gem and national landmark structure, will be held throughout the L.A. Greek Fest weekend.

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 5–11pm on Friday, September 11; 1-11pm on Saturday, September 12; 12-10pm on Sunday, September 13. Admission is free to everyone on Friday night and $5 for adults on Saturday and Sunday. (Kids under 12 will be admitted free of charge all weekend long).

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