The 16th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival

Editor | - June 3, 2013

A feast of Greek food, music, dance and more

From a Santa Fe Greek Festival press release...

The 16th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, has new dates and a new and improved menu for 2013!  This year’s festival takes place Friday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  This is a festive and lively event and a great way to experience Greek culture in Santa Fe!  Enjoy Greek food, pastries, music, dancing and beer and wine too!

“We have recruited many Santa Fe restaurant owners and chefs who are of Greek descent to create a new menu for the festival this year including our priest, Father Dimitrios Pappas, whose family owned a Greek restaurant in Denver for many years called Chef Zorba's," said Violet Santikos, advertising chair for this year’s festival.  "Father Dimitri is a great Greek chef and will be baking the kourambiedes and melomakarona cookies for this year's festival!" 

This year’s new a la carte menu and the restaurant owners involved are as follows: Leonardo Razatos of the Plaza Café Southside will prepare souvlaki (Shish-Kabob) with marinated grilled pork on fresh pita bread topped with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce.  Razatos will also serve authentic gyros (beef & lamb) on the spit with fresh pita bread and tomatoes, onion and tzatziki sauce and Greek fries seasoned with herbs, oregano and feta and myzithra cheese.  Dean Alexis of Upper Crust Pizza and Tortilla Flats will provide Greek calzone filled with feta cheese, Greek olives, spinach, onions, oregano and a Greek salad.  Alexis will also contribute oven-roasted Greek-style chicken marinated with salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, sage, thyme, lemon and olive oil served with Greek-style rice. 

Ignatios Patsalis of Tomasita's will contribute spanakopita (a filo pastry dough triangle filled with spinach and feta cheese) and pastitsio (the Greek version of  lasagna with penne noodles, sautéed meat, tomato sauce, parsley, salt, pepper and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with a creamy béchamel sauce).  And, finally, Ziggy Rzig of the Pyramid Cafe will round us out with fried calamari and a Vegetarian Delight plate with Baba Ganoush, hummus, tabouli, dolmades and warm pita bread.

“We will definitely have our delicious Greek pastries available including, baklava, kourambiedes (powdered sugar cookies), melomakarona (honey cookies with walnuts), koulourakia (Greek twist cookies—great to dunk in coffee) and loukoumades (fluffy fried balls of dough coated with a light honey sauce and a  sprinkle of cinnamon) as well as our Greek coffee,” added Santikos.

New Mexico’s premier Greek band, “The Aegean Sounds," will serenade festival attendees and traditional Greek folk dancers will perform on Friday and Saturday with our priest, Father Dimitri, who is also a wonderful dancer!  There will also be a Greek Agora (Greek import store) that will sell Greek gift items as well as canned and bottled Greek foods throughout the festival.

There will be several raffle prizes where you can buy a ticket to win too!

The 16th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival will take place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center at 201 W. Marcy Street on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. on both days.  $3 admission fee for adults; children 12 and under are free.   All food and drink tickets can be purchased at the festival.  For more information about the Santa Fe Greek Festival, please contact Violet Santikos at 505-577-4742 or visit the website at