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Your guide to the Original Greek Festival: How Houston does it right — and crazy

Your guide to the Original Greek Festival: How Houston does it right

What better way to spend the weekend than at one of the biggest fall events anywhere, the Original Greek Festival? Now in its 48th year, the celebration of Greek culture draws a crowd of more than 40,000 to Montrose's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Fun for the entire family, some go for the live music and dance performances. Others go for the mingling and shopping. Shamelessly, I go for the food.

Break out your drawstring pants and be ready to eat your way through some tasty tried-and-true recipes, handed down from generation to generation, including gyros, souvlaki (seasoned and marinated tenderloin cubes), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and loukoumades (honey balls).

It's a feast for a good cause. A portion of the festival's proceeds goes to non-profits, the Children’s Assessment Center, S.E.A.R.C.H., the Women’s Home, Covenant House, the Texas Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) and the Star of Hope Mission. Opa!

The remaining hours for The Original Greek Festival are: Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (food served while it lasts).  Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, with children 12 allowed in free.

Greek Festival Marcy video
Photo by Marcy de Luna