This weekend my family and I attended the 39th annual Saint Sophia Greek Festival here in Miami. The festival takes place every year in February from Friday through Sunday at the Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Coral Way.
The St. Sophia Greek Festival is a family friendly event featuring Greek food and pastries, market stalls, Greek dancing, music, and an amusement area for the kids.
The church is typically open for all who wish to take a look, then it’s onto the festival itself.
The outside area has markets selling typical Greek products, souvenirs, arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, and religious art. There’s also vendors selling typical tavern fare – gyros, souvlaki, and burgers.
Inside there’s plenty of Greek food to try including moussaka, Zouzoukakia meatballs, pastitsio (Greek version of lasagna), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), salad, spanakopita spinach pies, and more. Prices range from $5 to $15 for a main dish with two sides.
Personally, I’d recommend skipping the outside food and having a delicious slice of moussaka with a side of lemon roasted potatoes and a salad.
For dessert look no further than the ladies frying up the delicious loukoumades, fried dough balls drizzled with honey and powdered sugar.
At around 1:15 PM the children’s dance troupe began dancing to traditional Greek songs. Folk dancing and music is a big part of Greek culture and should not be missed!
I would suggest heading to the festival around 11 AM, exploring the markets, having some lunch and sticking around to see the dancing. You can also head to the mini fairgrounds to enjoy the rides if you wish. Adult admission is $5, children under 12 are free.
The St. Sophia Greek Festival takes place Friday and Saturday 11 AM – 11 PM and on Sunday from noon to 9 PM. The address is 244 SW 24th Rd.
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