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L.A. Greekfest - More Ouzo Please! Get Your Greek On!

  • Sep 8, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • LA GreekFest

This is a fun event that will be our 5th time here! It's Ouzo time! A few years ago, a few MiLA friends and we sat at a table next to our Mayor Antonio, Tom Hanks and his lovely wife Rita Wilson and I got to meet and chat with Rita and Nia Vardalos, star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. But they will probably not be here on Friday, I am pretty sure they will be here on Saturday if you want to see them. Took a few photos with the celebs and my friends and we enjoyed some good food, drink and music. The mayor only stayed for a short time so his staff gave our table a whole bunch of desserts courtesy of the festival freebies... SCORE! Hollywood’s favorite super-star couple Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson will once again serve as honorary chairs and celebrity guest hosts of this year’s L.A. Greek Fest Tom and Rita are great friends, and 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 & excitement of the Greek Islands – right here in the city of the angels.” Saint Sophia Cathedral is where the LA Greekfest will be held.

WHERE TO MEET: I WILL BE THERE SATURDAY NIGHT. FRIDAY WHICH HAS FREE ADMISSION. MEET INSIDE THE FESTIVAL AT THE TAVERNA @ 6:45PM SHARP. & FROM THERE WE CAN WANDER AROUND IN SMALL GROUPS & FEAST ON THE GREEK NOSHES. THIS IS A NO HOST EVENT ALL WEEKEND, COME AND GO AS YOU PLEASE. GO TO THE TAVERNA AND LOOK FOR DARRELL WHO SHOULD BE THERE SATURDAY 6-6:45PM. We may have a couple of tables under the tent. Going Saturday? There's some deals on Goldstar Click Here Below is a pic I shot of our Mayor, my buddy Hillary and Nia Vardalos. While this is about as close as I've been to Greece, so with the delicious Mediterranean foods, olive oils and their Ouzo... I've always wanted to visit their islands. So, until then, I'll have to settle with this day of Greekness. Where to meet: Go inside the gate and look for the TAVERNA, this is one of the food tents and it will have a few tables and you should be able to find me at one of the tables, noshing on stuffed grape leaves, kabobs or perhaps a Greek salad. The food cost is reasonable as are the small bottles of Ouzo. You can call my cell at[masked] to try to find me, but if the music is playing, I might not hear it. This happened last year. Remember go to the TAVERNA Tent. Meet at 6:30pm. I suggest you get there at 5pm if you can when it first opens so you can sample the food at its freshest and a good shot at free parking. This also gives you time to explore the festival before meeting with the group. Papa Cristos is located across the street!

Saturday and Sunday, feel free to attend on your own. The celebs will probably be there on Saturday night, but hey, I like the free Friday night admission so I spend the extra bucks on OUZO! Saturday is the best time to see the Celebs and they usually hang out at the Taverna Tables as well before they make their public presentations, awards and announcements. At 6:00 pm there will be a DJ and at 8:30 there will be a Zorba Dance Contest. If I manage to drink enough Ouzo, who knows what might happen? Friday Night is Zorba Night and is the only free admission night so the only cost is for whatever you eat, drink or buy at the festival. Sat/Sun admission is $5.00 Tom Hanks and his lovely wife/actress Rita Wilson will again be the Honorary Hosts. Their new website is da Bomb! They now have at least 18 pages of recipes in a PDF file. which you can download from the Greekfest website. Festival Menu PDF Experience the Greek culture through architecture, dance, theatre, music and delicious food, wine, Greek beer, Ouzo and Metaxa!!!! Oh yeah! The LA Greek Festival will feature traditional Greek dancing, music, live theatrical presentations, storytellers from the homeland, cooking demonstrations, and of course the culinary delicacies of Greece, which include roasted lamb, sausage, kalamari, saganaki, baklava and much more. Did I mention Ouzo and Metaxa? Fabulous Greek Food Delicious Greek Pastries Authentic Greek Beer Wine, Ouzo and Metaxa Live Greek Music Greek Folk Dancing Greek Theatrical Presentation Greek Gift Items Greek Cooking Demo Live Latino Music All about the Ouzo... http://www.lesvos.com... More about Metaxa, a brandy/cognac type liquor, also known as the Nectar of the Gods...

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  • Darrell

    They lowered the price this year... I'm ouzo'ed hung over... It was wicked fun last night... I probably won't be there until 7-7:30 tonight. I drank 1/2 bottle of ouzo...

    September 8, 2012

    • Carol R.

      You certainly didn't look any worse for the wear. Next time the soy sauce goes home with you.

      September 9, 2012

  • Carol R.

    I ate not one but 2 chocolate souflles from Bistro Garden. Couldn't resist. Always a good time here.

    September 9, 2012

  • Rachel L.

    Never found the group. No communication.

    September 8, 2012

  • Andrea

    I am going to be there still at 6:30

    September 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Confused on admission price: the url link says $3.00 on sat; this meetup info says $5/ the Goldstar link starts at $10??? Can u help me and confirm what the door entrance fee is? Tx!

    September 8, 2012

  • Darrell

    Meet @ the Taverna tables at 6:30 or 7pm to find me. After that text me @[masked] and be sure you include your name. The Greek salad is a great deal for only $4.

    September 8, 2012

  • Darrell

    Get $1.00 Off admission... Go to the website http://www.lagreekfest.com/

    September 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first time. Where you normally meet?

    September 5, 2012

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