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The Anderson Greek Festival

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Friday the 17th: 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday the 18th: 11:00 am to 9:30 pm
Sunday the 19th: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

NEW This Year, Friday Night: "High Tide" - non-Greek party music band

Alpha-Omega Sound: Live Greek Music on Saturday & Sunday 

Olympic Car Show & Cruise-In: Saturday the 18th, 10 am to 2 pm
Car Show Registration: Saturday, 8 am to 10 am

Map of the Civic Center of Anderson area (click here)

Our 2013 Menu (to see click here)

Become a Festival Sponsor (click here)

Festival Volunteer Form (click here)

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2013: John Roberts at the Gyro Grill (photo by Ken Ruinard)

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2013: Festival Indoor Dining (photo by Agathe)

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2103: Jim, Nick & Mike at Nikos' Grill

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Paul at the 2013 Festival

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2013: Bessie, Joann, Voula & Georgia

2012 Festival Photos:

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2012 - The Anderson's Own Palamakia Dance Troupe, photo by Ken Ruinard (Anderson Independent)

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Vladimir Zotov of Spartanburg slaps his foot as part of a dance to the song “Skoupa” with members of the Neo Kyma dance group (from Spartanburg). photo by Ken Ruinard, Anderson Independent Mail

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Elainey Speight and Anthony Rozakos, both of Troope Palamakia, a dance group of Greek children from Anderson, perform at the Anderson Greek Festival.
 
photo by Ken Ruinard, Anderson Independent Mail

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2012 - Anderson's Own Palamakia Dance Troupe (photo by Ken Ruinard, Anderson Independent Mail)

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2012 Outdoor Food Stations (photo by Ken Ruinard, Anderson Independent Mail)

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Folk dancers o Anderson' own Palamakia  Dance Troupe perform outside at the Anderson Greek Festival at the Civic Center of Anderson. photo by Mike Ellis

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2012 - George Bikas serving on the food line. (photo by Mike Ruinard, Anderson Independent Mail)

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2012 - Anthony Rozakos (photo by Mike Ellis, Anderson Independent Mail)

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John Papadimitriou plays a bouzouki, a string instrument, for Alpha Omega Sound, an Atlanta band.  photo by Ken Ruinard, Anderson Independent Mail

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Civic Center of Anderson

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2011 (photo by Mike Ellis)

Peter Koutrakos, kneeling, performs a Greek dance along with members of dance troupes Neo Kyma and Antoma from Spartanburg at the Anderson Greek Festival outside the Civic Center of Anderson.

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2011 - Dance Troupe from Spartanburg

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2010 Festival @ the Civic Center

Videos of the 2011 Festival Dancers from Spartanburg, South Carolina:

Video from the 2010 Festival, Volunteers dancing on Sunday:

2012 - photos by Tony Thermos:

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Dan Johnson -2012

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Tom Mantekas - 2012

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Anderson,s Own Troupe Palamakia -2012

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Troupe Adelphia of Greenville -2012

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Dance Troupe of Spartanburg -2012

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Dance Troupe of Spartanburg - 2012

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Dance Troupe from Spartanburg with Vasi & Haido (Advisors-Teachers) - 2012

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George Giannopoulos - 2012

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James Stathakis - 2012

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Bessie Mentis with Caroline

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Richard "Big Show" & Michael - 2012

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George Giannopoulos with his grand-daughter - 2011

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Tony & Terry - 2012

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Boys of the Palamakia Dance Troupe - The 2012 Anderson Greek Festival

   
   
   

Photos from the 2011 Festival:

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2011 - Alpha-Omega Sound (photo by Agathe)

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2011 - Dancers from Spartanburg, SC

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2011 -Jennifer & Agathe

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2011 - Alexandria (Koukla) Stathakis

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Father George (Spartanburg, SC) & Chrissy Adams, 10th Circuit Solicitor

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2011 - Members of Anderson's own Troupe Palamakia

Photos of the 2010 Festival:

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2010: John Roberts at the Gyros, Photo by Nathan Gray, Anderson Independent-Mail

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2010: Kathy Chulkas & Tony Thermos @ Loukoumades, Photo by Nathan Gray, Anderson Independent-Mail

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Pauilne @ the 2010 Festival, photo by Tony Thermos

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Dr. John @ the 2010 Festival

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Debbie, Annice, Yiota & Panayiotis @ the 2010 Festival

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Chrissy Adams (10th Circuit Solicitor) & George Manos, 2010 - photo by Tony Thermos

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Kathy Chulkas, Cynthia Magiros & Jon Kazaglis, 2010 - photo by Tony Thermos

Article from our local newspaper, The Independent-Mail:

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2009 Festival

Anderson Greek Festival celebration fit for the gods

More than 1,000  (approx 4000) people attended the event, which ran from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and enjoyed Greek-style roast lamb; dolmades, or rice-stuffed grape leaves; spanakopita, or phyllo dough filled with spinach and feta cheese; and a variety of other dishes before throwing back fresh pastries such as baklava and finikia, a spice cookie dipped in nuts and honey.

Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams stood behind a table working a cash register for one of two food lines and said her maiden name is Theos.

“Yes, the word means ‘god’ in Greek,” Adams said with a self-conscious grin.

She was one of more than 150 volunteers working the event.

Scheduled to run until 5 p.m. today, the festival is a charity benefiting the building fund of the Paracletos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Antreville, a self-sustaining monastery that is home to three Greek Orthodox nuns.

Live entertainment, including the Troupe Adelphia dance group of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Greenville, performed music and dance routines native to Greece. Children learned about Greek architecture while enjoying several activities, most of which were free, at the Parthenon Playground on the lawn behind the pavilion.

Inside the Anderson Art Center, people submitted bids for more than 200 items, including handmade Greek linens and tablecloths, wines from around the world, compact discs of Greek music and Greek dancing lessons, said Kristin Speight, chairwoman for the silent auction committee.

“Based on the bids we’ve received through this afternoon, we expect to raise several thousand dollars for the monastery,” Speight said.

Speight said she has visited the monastery, and that it is “breathtaking. It is tiny, but it packs all the punch of a cathedral.”

Outside on the arts center landing Saturday, people browsed for Greek treasures at Yia Yia’s Attic, an outdoor yard sale.

Carrie Rozakos, Christy Bikas and Martha Burriss sat at a table collecting tickets for the Parthenon Playground and said the weather played a large role in the large crowds.

“It’s been steadily busy since we got started at 11,” Carrie Rozakos said Saturday afternoon. “Every picnic table has been full most of the day, and it’ll pick back up again for the dinner rush.”

JahtmFlores and Ashley Wichman, graduate students at Clemson University, said Saturday was their first experience at the festival.

Flores said she was “very impressed” with the Greek dishes.

“I’m not what you would call an aficionado,” Flores said. “But, I guess I like Greek food enough that I’ve learned how to pronounce the names of the dishes.”

Wichman looked down at her plate full of Greek-style roast lamb, dolmades and spanakopita and did not pause when asked which was her favorite.

“Spanakopita,” she said. “It is incredible.”

Photos from the 2009 Festival:

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The St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Troupe Adelphia performs a traditional dance in the 4th annual The Greek Festival Saturday at The Anderson County Farmer's Market in Anderson (photo: Anderson Independent-Mail)

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The St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Troupe Adelphia performs a traditional dance in the 4th annual The Greek Festival Saturday at The Anderson County Farmer's Market in Anderson (photo: Anderson Independent-Mail)

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Greek food is served by 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams in the 4th annual The Greek Festival Saturday at The Anderson County Farmer's Market in Anderson (photo: Anderson Independent-Mail)

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2009 Festival - Troupe Adelphia (photo: Anderson Independent-Mail)

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Volunteers dancing at the 2009 Festival (closing)

Zonaradikos/Koulouriastos(Meta xades) from Thrace performed by Chris Pourlos (Greenville, SC), Charlie Kleto (Charlotte, NC), Stavros Karageorgis (Winston-Salem, NC), Niki Serpanos, Roula Pisteolis...

Baidoushka (Metaxades )from Thrace performed by dancers from Greenville, SC, Charlotte, NC, and Winston-Salem, NC

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Photos from the 2008 Festival by Nathan Gray:

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Kostas

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Kathy & Persa @ the Loukoumades station

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Dan,Sammy & George @ the Gyros station

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2008 Festival photos by Bill Stathakis

     

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The Athas (& Pappas) Family

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Parthenon Playground

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Troupe Adelphia

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Paint Wall at the Parthenon Playground

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2008 Festival photos by Anderson Daily Photo

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"Neo Kyma", Dance Troupe of Spartanburg (photo: Anderson Daily Photo)

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2008 Festival (photo: Anderson Daily Photo) http://andersondailyphoto.wordpress.com/

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(photo: Anderson Daily Photo)

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From the Anderson Daily Photo blog:  Anderson’s Greek Festival, held last Saturday at the Farmer’s Market, was enveloped in wonderful smells. Surprisingly to me, I loved the Greek potatoes almost more than anything. I kept turning to Cathey (the owner of the elegeant hands above) saying, “How do I MAKE this?” She’d nod, finish chewing, and say, “I have a recipe that is even better.” I LOVE Greek food. (http://andersondailyphoto.wordpress.com/)

Photos from the First, Second & Third Annual Festivals (by Deacon Charles Joiner)

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Father Tom, George, Kathy & Haido (2007)

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Troupe Adelphia

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Paul & Maggie Athas (2007)

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Nick Demos

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Persa and Kathy

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Father Tom (2006)

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Food line at the Second Annual

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Little James Melehes

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George (2007)

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Father Tom & George Bikas (2007)

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Panagiotis & George (2007)

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George (2008)

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John, Gerald & William (2008)

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Troupe Adelphia (2008)

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Chris, Jimmy , David & Darrell (2008)

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Pauline

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Taverna (2008)

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William (2008)

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2008 Festival

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2007 Festival

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Jimmy Stathakis & Father Tom (2007)

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Stella (2007)

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Nick Demos & the Greek Islanders

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Vasili Copland (2007)

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Kathy at the Bookstore

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Diann & William (2006)

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Paint wall 2007

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Koukla (2007)

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Kostas (2008)

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Jim (2008)

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Stella, Despina & Yiota (2008)

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Tom (2008)

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Stella (2008)

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Dancers of Troupe Adelphia, 2008

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Food line at the First Festival (2006)

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Troupe Adelphia

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Dining tent at the Second Annual (2007)

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Maria, Dr. Dorton & Kleo (2007)

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Troupe Adelphia 2007

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At Night (2006)

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Jimmy Stathakis

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Monastery Bookstore Booth

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The Demos Family

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Bessie Mentis (2007)

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Nick Demos (2007)

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George (2007)

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Kathy (2008)

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Marsha & Paula (2008)

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Dina & Sheila (2008)

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Andrew, Nick, Paul & Jim (2008)

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Dea (2008)

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Yiota & Kathy (2008)

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Soula (2008)

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