Admission, parking and trolley service to the International Greek Food Festival are FREE.

Welcome

The 2015 International Greek Food Festival is looking forward to continuing the tradition of serving FOOD, FRIENDS and the COMMUNITY! Our Festival begins on Friday, May 15 from 11:00am to 9:00pm, continues on Saturday, May 16 from 11:00am to 9:00pm and wraps up on Sunday, May 17 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.


Come & Join us!


OPA!!!!

On the Menu

The International Greek Food Festival, the largest ethnic festival in Arkansas, has been serving food, friends and the community for the past 30 years. All the food served at this festival has come about because of our great love of cooking and good food. The wonderful cuisine associated with the many cultures that make up the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is the product of our immigrant forefathers. We boast a long line of cooks from various culinary traditions, making up the best of our Church’s culture – Greek, Armenian, Georgian, Romanian, Russian, Indian, Middle Eastern, English and a dash of American. From these cultures has evolved this distinctive collection of foods identified with the Greek Orthodox Church – a style of cooking that not only captures the traditions of our heritage but makes eager eaters call for more.

This vast array of wonderful, savory dishes embodies not only the scents and flavors of our heritage, but a time-honored tradition of faith and family that each of us cherishes. Captured from memory or perhaps from scraps of paper, these recipes represent a priceless gift to the members of the Greek Orthodox Church, for here are contained the foods and traditions of our forefathers passed down for future generations to remember and enjoy.

Calamari
(kä-lə-ˈmär-ē)

Calamari is a dish in Mediterranean cuisine. It consists of batter-coated, deep fried squid, fried for less than two minutes to prevent toughness. It is served plain, with salt and lemon on the side.

Loukanikos
(λουκάνικο)

Lukániko is the common Greek word for pork sausage, but in English it refers specifically to Greek sausages flavored with orange peel, fennel seed, and various other dried herbs and seeds, and sometimes smoked over aromatic woods.

Saganaki
(σαγανάκι)

Saganaki is any one of a variety of dishes prepared in a small frying pan, the best-known being an appetizer of fried cheese.

Baklava
(“bahk-lah-VAH”)

More than 40 layers of filo dough brushed with butter and layered with nuts and spices, then drizzled with honey syrup.

Chocolate Baklava

Baklava with chocolate chunks.

Sourota
(“soo-roh-TAH”)

A spice, nut and filo-rolled pastry resembling a hollow log, which is lightly dipped in honey syrup.

Kourambiethes
(“koo-rahm-bee-EH-thes”)

Delicate, buttery almond powdered sugar cookies.

Melomacharona
(“mel-oh-mah-KAH-roh-nah”)

Spice cookies dipped in honey syrup.

Pasta Flora
(“PAH-sta FLOOR-ah”)

Buttery shortbread cookie with strawberry filling and a lattice top.

Loukomathes
(λουκουμάδες)

Fried dough balls doused in honey and powdered with cinnamon and honey.

Gyro Sandwich
(“YEAR-os”)

Blend of lamb, beef and seasonings seared and stuffed in a pita, topped with diced tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce (a savory yogurt sauce with garlic and cucumbers).

Chicken Gyro Sandwich

Grilled chicken seasoned, seared and stuffed in a pita, topped with diced tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce (a savory yogurt sauce with garlic and cucumbers).

Gyro party packs

Take-home kits that come with all you need to prepare 10 gyros at home; just add fresh diced tomato and onion!

Hummus Dip with Pita
(“HOO-mus”)

Thick and tangy chick pea dip, served with pita bread.

Tabbouleh Salad
(“tah-BOO-ley”)

Tossed cracked wheat and parsley salad.

Greek and Armenian Pizza

Falafel
(“fah-LAH-full”)

Spicy fried patties of ground chickpeas served in a flat “wrap” with diced tomato, onions and lemony tahinneh (pronounced “tah-HEE-ney”) sauce, a tasty sesame-based dressing.

Mediterranean Wraps

Pulled Chicken simmered in a mix of Mediterranean spices and wrapped in a warm tortilla. Appetizer portion.

Chicken Souvlaki k-bob

Tender chicken tenderloin marinated in olive oil and a blend of Greek seasonings, grilled to mouthwatering perfection, and served on a skewer with a slice of pita bread.

Pork Souvlaki k-bob

Tender pork tenderloin marinated in olive oil and a blend of Greek seasonings, grilled to mouthwatering perfection, and served on a skewer with a slice of pita bread.

Pastitsio
(“pas-TEET-see-oh”)

Long macaroni layered with seasoned ground beef, topped with a thick cheese “Beschamel” sauce.

Spanakopita
(“spa-nah-KoH-pita”)

Delicate filo dough brushed with butter and layered with a filling of feta cheese, spinach and herbs.

Vegetarian Plate

Two large pieces of spanakopita and a Greek salad.

Greek Salad

Lettuce, feta cheese and Greek olives tossed with Pete’s Famous Salad Dressing, a vinegar-and-oil based dressing, and served with pita bread.

Tsoutzoukakia

Greek meat balls in tomato wine sauce.

Roast Lamb Dinner

Sliced roasted lamb served with Greek-style vegetables and oven-roasted potatoes.

Calamari
(“cah-lah-MAH-ree”)

Battered and deep-fried squid rings served with a tangy dipping sauce.

Loukanika
(“loo-KAH-nee-kah”)

Greek grilled sausages.

Lamb Sandwich

The sandwich will include slow roasted lamb marinated overnight in a secret blend of Greek spices, wrapped in a soft pita fold with lots of crumbled feta cheese and a homemade Greek marinara sauce. Made with Love!

Sundae in Athens

Vanilla ice cream topped with baklava sprinkles.

Hot Dogs

Grecian-Style Chicken Platter

Chicken smothered in spices and lemon juice, baked ‘til it’s tender and juicy, and served with rice, Greek salad and Pita bread.

Greek Salad

Lettuce, feta cheese, and Greek olives tossed with Pete’s Famous Salad Dressing, a vinegar-and-olive based dressing, and served with pita.

Gyro Platter
$11

Blend of lamb, beef and seasonings seared and stuffed in a pita topped with diced tomatoes, onions and tzatziki. Served with a Greek Salad.

Chicken Gyro Platter
$11

Grilled chicken seasoned, seared and stuffed in a pita, topped with diced tomatoes, onions and Tzatziki sauce. Served with Greek Salad.

Gyro Sandwich
$7

Blend of lamb, beef and seasonings, seared and stuffed in a pita topped with diced tomatoes, onions and tzatziki, a savory yogurt sauce loaded with garlic and cucumbers.

Chicken Gyro Sandwich
$7

Grilled chicken seasoned, seared and stuffed in a pita, topped with diced tomatoes, onions and Tzatziki sauce (a savory yogurt sauce with garlic and cucumbers).

Chicken K-Bobs
$5

Tender chicken marinated in olive oil and a blend of Greek seasonings, grilled to mouth watering perfection, and served on a skewer with a slice of pita bread.

Large Greek Salad
$7

Lettuce, feta cheese and Greek olives tossed with Pete’s Famous Salad Dressing, a vinegar-and-oil based dressing.

Pete's Salad Dressing
$7

Made and bottled right here in the Annunciation kitchen by our very own Pete Vratsinas and his crew. We use only the finest ingredients and spices.

Hummus Dip
$6

A delicious dip made from mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Served with our delicious pita bread.

Baklava (3 pc.)
$6

More than 40 layers of filo dough brushed with butter and layered with nuts and spices, then drizzled with honey syrup.

Assorted Pastries (4pc)
$6

Four pieces of pastry: Baklava, sourota, kourambiethes and a Melomacarona.

Bottled Drink
$3

Ice cold Coke, Diet Coke and water

Attractions

Friends

As in years past, one of the most wonderful parts of the International Greek Food Festival is YOU, our friends!. When you visit the Festival with your family and friends, a good time is guaranteed. In addition, you can make new friends at the Festival by enjoying a wide array of international entertainment while reveling in all of the food & shopping available. You can even learn more about your neighbors by taking a tour of the Annunciatioin Church and discover the rich history and tradition of the Orthodox Christian faint as well as enjoy the largest collection of Byzantine iconography in Arkansas!

Old World Market

Our incredible indoor Old World Market is bigger and better than ever!

Old World Market Two

Look for unique and exceptional items carefully selected and imported from around the world including Mediterranean silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, home decor, dance scarves, stained glass lamps, hand-painted Russian nesting dolls and eggs, African butterfly clips (combs for your hair), Greek, Roman and Middle Eastern coins, European artwork, amber silver jewelry, handmade wooden toys and rolling pins from the Ozarks, Razorback artwork and sports memorabilia, and much much more!! Stop by and discover something wonderful!

Annunciation Book Store

Icons, books, gifts and artwork.

Grocery

Take home a taste of all the great foods you’ve found at the Greek Food Festival by stopping at the Grocery. You’ll find practically everything you’ll need to create your own authentic Greek meals. Shop for a variety of specialty foods, including imported Greek olive oil, filo, Greek olives, cheeses, appetizers and that popular Pete’s Famous Salad Dressing, home-made and bottled on the church grounds. For the gourmet, there’s an assortment of pastas, dried herbs, spices, Greek coffee, grape leaves, tahinneh sauce and capers. The grocery also will carry pasteli (sesame candy), halvah (honey sesame paste), imported cookies, and dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves).

Frozen Dinners-to-Go

Including generous pans of pastitsio (long macaroni layered with seasoned ground beef, topped with a thick cheese sauce) and appetizers, like tiropeta (cheese puffs), spanakopita (spinach cheese puffs), black bean hummus and red pepper hummus dips.

Old World Market Three

Pastries

Sample our sweet confections right on the spot or take home a variety, all lovingly prepared by our very own church members based on time-honored recipes.

Daily Tours

You might want to take a break from all the festivities by visiting the church which will be open to the public throughout the weekend, with guided tours to be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Nicholas Verdaris. You’ll have an exceptional opportunity to learn about the history and traditions of the Orthodox Christian faith and view the exceptional iconography and hand-carved icon screen spanning the width of the altar.

Church Exterior

Church Tour Schedule

Friday
5:30pm, 7:30pm

Saturday
3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm

Sunday
1:00pm

All Are Welcome!

We are delighted to have you join us at the International Greek Food Festival of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. We hope that you will not only experience the exciting food, festivities and culture, but will take a moment to learn about our faith. If you’ve never been to an Orthodox Christian Church before, we encourage you to participate in one of our guided tours to be conducted by our very own Rev. Dr. Nicholas Verdaris. But first, here are some things that will help you understand our church and our Christian faith.

America’s Best-Kept Secret

Do you know that there are 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide with more than five million right here in the United States? It is the second largest denomination in all Christendom. Despite its size, relatively few Americans are aware of the Orthodox Church. It’s America’s best-kept secret. Our church aptly refects America and is made up of men and women from around the globe all witnessing to the Good News of Christ. The Annunciation is a vibrant parish that adheres to Orthodox Christian principles which are concurrently Scriptural, Traditional, Apostolic and Eucharistic.

Though you can learn a lot about Orthodox Christianity by hearing it described, it really must be seen and experienced firsthand to be fully understood. And there is perhaps no better place to see and experience the heart of Orthodoxy than in its worship. Let’s look at a few characteristics of Orthodox worship which may be different from any of your past experiences.

The Work of the People

The main Sunday morning worship service of the Orthodox Church is called the Divine Liturgy. The term Liturgy means “work of the people.” Participation is the key word here. The whole congregation is active in worship, even the children. The Divine Liturgy is the common act of prayer, worship, teaching and communication of all those who constitute the Church. In the Liturgy all are invited to participate, by grace, in the life of Christ. It is through worship and service that we thereby come to know Christ, the source of our hope. What happened almost 2000 years ago becomes vital, alive and contemporary to us in the Divine Liturgy.

The Physical Side of Being Spiritual

Since the times of the New Testament, Christians have believed that when worshiping God, we who are earthbound enter by the spirit into “heavenly places.” In Orthodox worship, we can step out of the pandemonium of time into the peace of eternity. Therefore, everything in our worship has heaven as its point of reference. But this heavenly focus by no means turns worship into a mental religion. In the Orthodox Church, a human being coming before God involves the unity of soul and body. Accordingly, worship calls for the action not only of the mind, the emotions and the will, but also of the body with all its senses. So, as the Scriptures describe, in worship there are things to see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Our whole being is to participate actively in the worship of God.

Church Interior

Windows to Heaven

One of the first things you’ll probably notice as you enter the Annunciation are the icons or pictures — images of Christ, the Virgin Mary with her Child, angels, Saint John the Baptist, along with three brand new icons that have just recently been installed. An icon (a Bible word meaning “image”) is a dramatic and constant reminder that there is infinitely more to reality than what we see day by day on this earth. Icons serve to illustrate the Bible as well as highlight the presence of heaven to us in our worship. We don’t worship the icons, of course: worship is for God alone. But we do use them as vital tools to draw near to God, His servants and the Truths of Christian faith, and as such they have long been called “windows to heaven.”

We hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into the Orthodox Church. For more detailed information, please visit the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s website or simply visit us on any given Sunday at 10:00am to behold a dynamic 2000-year-old tradition come alive at the Annunciation in Little Rock.

The Easter Seals will set up a mountain of fun, like frame making and face painting. And we know how finicky kids can be about what they’ll eat, so we’ll be serving grilled hot dogs. Plus this year we’ve added even more fun attractions, including some super-fun rides and games.

Friday - May 15, 2015
Time Show
5:00PM McCafferty School of Irish Dance
5:30PM Greek-American Folk Dance Society
6:30PM O'Donovan School of Irish Dance
7:00PM Dancers of India
7:30PM Dabkeh Middle Eastern Dancers
8:15PM Heather Batchelor
8:45PM Greek-American Folk Dance Society
Saturday - May 16, 2015
Time Show
12:30PM Greek-American Folk Dance Society
1:30PM Dancers of India
2:00PM Talking About Food!
2:15PM Ballet and Mexican Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalli
2:45PM Dabkeh Middle Eastern Dancers
3:30PM KinderSongs
4:15PM LTD! Edition Cloggers
4:45PM McCafferty School of Irish Dance
5:00PM Greek-American Folk Dance Society
5:40PM Traditions and Dance of Russia
6:10PM Ican! Dancers
6:30PM Dancers of India
7:00PM O'Donovan School of Irish Dance
7:30PM Dabkeh Middle Eastern Dancers
8:15PM Talking About Food!
8:45PM Greek-American Folk Dance Society
Sunday - May 17, 2015
Time Show
11:00AM Dabkeh Middle Eastern Dancers
11:40AM Talking About Food!
12:00PM Greek-American Folk Dance Society
1:00PM Traditions and Dance of Russia
1:30PM LTD! Edition Cloggers
2:00PM Ballet and Mexican Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalli
2:30PM Greek-American Folk Dance Society

Charities

Past Charities

    • ACCESS Schools
    • Alzheimer’s Arkansas
    • American Diabetes Association
    • American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas
    • Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation, Inc.
    • Arthritis Foundation
    • Bethany Christian Services
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • CareLink
    • CARTI Foundation
    • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
    • Centers for Youth and Families
    • Children’s Museum of Arkansas
    • Community Connections
    • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    • Easter Seal Arkansas
    • Girl Scouts of Ouachita Council
    • Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Center
    • Harmony Health
    • Heifer International
    • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    • Love, Truth, Care Ministries
    • March of Dimes
    • Ronald McDonald House
    • The Arkansas Hospice
    • The Miracle League of Arkansas
    • UAMS Family Home
    • United Way
    • Young Life
    • Youth Home, Inc.

Community

In its 30 years, the festival has donated more than $1.3 million dollars to more than 30 charities that serve children, families and communities throughout central Arkansas Proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Annunciation Scholarship Foundation and the Annunciation Ministries, as well as these nonprofit organizations:

Arkansas Children
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Website: archildrens.org
Phone: 501-364-1100

Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a private, nonprofit institution, is the only pediatric medical center in the state and is one of largest in the nation. With 370 staffed beds, Arkansas Children’s Hospital is a tertiary care, regional referral center treating children, who come from every county in Arkansas and many nearby states. Arkansas Children’s Hospital, committed to care, love and hope for every child for over 100 years.

Community Connections
Community Connections
Website: communityconnectionsar.org
Phone: (501) 733-1627

Community Connections is dedicated to providing quality extra-curricular activities for children with special needs as well as support for their families. The programs we offer include football, soccer, art, music, theatre, cheerleading, golf and martial arts. We also have an Autism and Dyslexia Resource Center available to our families. Community Connections programs are offered free of charge and are located in Russellville, Conway and Little Rock.

Easter Seals
Website: eastersealsar.com
Phone: 501-227-3700

Easter Seals Arkansas is a non-profit health and human services agency dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities and special needs gain greater independence. Easter Seals provides services across the state to meet the varying needs of people with disabilities and their families. These comprehensive services provide a continuum of care from birth to aging adults and focus on the family as a whole. Today, thousands of Arkansans with disabilities lead improved lives because of the quality educational programs for children, vocational training and employment services for adults, and the technology and rehabilitation services offered by Easter Seals.

Harmony Health Clinic
Harmony Health Clinic
Website: harmonyclinicar.org
Phone: (501) 375-4400

Harmony Health Clinic is a free medical and dental clinic located at 201 East Roosevelt Road in Little Rock with the mission to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically uninsured and underserved who live or work in Pulaski County by providing access to quality medical and dental care at no cost to these patients in a private, community based clinic, staffed by volunteer professionals and marked by a unique atmosphere of caring, compassion, respect, dignity and diversity.

Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission
Website: urmission.org
Phone: 501-370-0808

URM was founded by Reverend Guy S. Wilson and Ray Branscum in 1946. The organization was renamed the Twin City Mission in 1952. At that time, the congregation of Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church agreed to pay $100/month to rent the old Glenn Hotel in North Little Rock. In 1954, the Pulaski County Baptist Association (PCBA) took over the responsibility of sponsoring the mission and hired Purl Stocktown to be the first Superintendent.

Youth Home
Youth Home
Website: youthhome.org
Phone 501-821-5500

Youth Home is a private, nonprofit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled adolescents and their families. As one of the oldest, largest and most experienced adolescent psychiatric treatment agencies in Arkansas, Youth Home serves more than 1,600 children and families each year.

Wolfe Street Foundation
Wolfe Street Foundation
Website: wolfestreet.org
Phone: (501) 372-5662

The Wolfe Street Foundation serves over 100,000 individuals and their families each year recovering from addiction as it relates to alcoholism. The WSF provides education and prevention programs and meeting accommodations for groups 365 days a year, 12 hours every day, for those interested in addictions and their families as they relate to alcoholism.

Sponsors

Coca-Cola
Verizon
Parker Automotive Group
Ron & Joyce Harb Family Charitable Foundation
UBREAKIFIX
Onebanc
Dillard
The Chacko Group