In BBQ Town Memphis, Greek Festival Food Waters Mouths Too

Memphis is rated among the best places for barbeque and southern food but the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church festival packs in people with cravings for everything from spanakopita to the irresistible lamb chops.

Maybe it’s because the food is all homemade by a big group of volunteers who’ve been doing it for 63 years, way back when rock ‘n roll was just getting started, the church offering Greek music and dancing.

People come from far outside Memphis for the taste of Greece, sanctuary tours, and a marketplace – but it’s the smell of the food that’s the real lure, said The Commercial Appeal.

Maria Moore has attended every single festival. “I think I was 3 years old and in the crib when my parents started bringing me,” she said. “My mother and her ladies group were part of the group that started it. For our culture, it’s a sense of family. My church family is my family,” Moore told the news site. “It’s important to learn and pass on our recipes and our culture. I hope my grandkids and great grandkids remember – the things that my Yia-Yia passed down.”


SPOKANE, Washington - Greek food festivals are a tradition around the United States but none has been running as long as that held by the Holy Trinity Greek Church in Spokane, Washington which just celebrated its 87th year - with more to come.

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