Back in 2016, Mark Master from KTLA Channel 5 brought his TV crew to film some of the highlights that will be showcased this weekend! Dressed in traditional Greek clothes to get into the spirit of the event, Mark presented some of the community’s liveliest parishioners to a morning audience.
During the past few weeks, many volunteers have been preparing delicious dishes and pastries.
Next weekend, visitors at the Greek Festival will be able to try the dishes that we are sure will be a treat for the senses. Some of the dishes will include Pastitsio (seasoned ground beef and macaroni topped with a tasty Bechamel sauce), Spanakopita (filo pastry with spinach and Greek Feta cheese filing), Tyropita (Greek Feta Cheese wrapped in Filo dough), Dolmades (marinated grape leaves stuffed with rice and seasoned ground beef), Greek seasoned chicken, lamb, chicken and vegetarian shish kabobs (Souvlakia).
Visitors will also be able to drink a hot cup of fresh brewed Greek coffee (Kafe) or Greek iced coffee (Frappe), a favorite of the Greeks!
The 2015 festival begins next Saturday, September 5 and runs trough Labor Day Monday, September 7. Gates open at 12 noon daily.
Last year, the Long Beach Post was interested in writing a story about us. During the busy holiday weekend, the organization paid us a visit and began experience the sights and sounds of Greece. For more on their trip report, please read on.
For those who move to Long Beach for the first time, it is an iconic structure that immediately piques curiosity: sitting along PCH across from Bixby Village Golf Course, the Assumption Orthodox Greek Church captivates the eye with its Grecian white-and-blue color scheme and beautiful dome. It is also home to the Long Beach Greek Festival, an annual festivity that celebrates its 65th birthday this weekend.
In 1933, the Assumption Orthodox Greek Church bought a parcel of land at PCH and Pacific Ave. to build what would be their home for nearly six decades. Sixteen years later, it would inaugurate the Long Beach Greek Festival as a Labor Day celebratory staple.
Be sure to participate in our Opportunity Drawing, where you’ll have a chance to win our Grand Prize of $5,000, an Apple Watch ™ as 2nd Prize, or an ‘Aquarist’ Membership from Aquarium of the Pacific as 3rd Prize.
The Drawing will take place a 8:15 PM on Monday, September 7, 2015. The winners do not need to be present. Each $50 ticket includes 1 complimentary chicken dinner!
We are excited to share our Greek Heritage with our beautiful city of Long Beach and at the same time support our Church.
This is the 66th year of the annual event, that has been a staple in the City of Long Beach since its inception. The festival includes authentic Greek dance performers, free Greek dance lessons, authentic Greek food and pastries, Greek cooking lessons, full meals, beverages, vendor booths featuring an array of exotic gifts and artwork, a children’s carnival area, and continuous live Greek music provided by The Olympians!
For those interested in learning more about the Greek Orthodox faith, church tours will also be available.
The festival will be located at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church at 5761 E. Colorado Street, Long Beach, California 90814.
Free parking will be available at Cal State Long Beach’s Atherton Street structures.