The 2016 International Greek Food Festival is looking forward to continuing the tradition of serving FOOD, FRIENDS and the COMMUNITY! Our Festival begins on Friday, May 20 from 11:00am to 9:00pm, continues on Saturday, May 21 from 11:00am to 9:00pm and wraps up on Sunday, May 22 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Come & Join us!
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!
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!
Icons, books, gifts and artwork.
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).
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.
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.
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.
3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|8:45PM||Greek-American Folk Dance Society|
|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|
|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|
|6:30PM||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|
|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|
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’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 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 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 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.
The Union Rescue Mission’s mission is to create an environment where the love and compassion of Jesus Christ can help people overcome and prevent life’s adversities. There are two ministry divisions of the Union Rescue Mission: the Dorcas House and the Nehemiah House. The Dorcas House reaches out to women and children who need assistance with domestic violence or are struggling with chemical dependency. The Nehemiah House helps men that are homeless or struggling with chemical dependency. Both programs offer housing, classes, counseling, daily chapel services and others services to help them begin to rebuild their lives through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
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.
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.