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St. Sophia Greek Festival turns 40 this year with Greek food, cocktails, music and dancing

Feast on Greek food at the 40th annual St. Sophia Greek Festival in Miami, March 2-4.
Feast on Greek food at the 40th annual St. Sophia Greek Festival in Miami, March 2-4.

In the mood for some Greek food? The 40th annual St. Sophia Greek Festival opens on Friday, March 2, and runs through Sunday, March 4. The Saint Sophia Cathedral is located at 2401 Southwest Third Avenue, near Miami’s historic Roads neighborhood.

This annual tradition features such popular Greek food delicacies as mousaka (egg plant), pastitsio (Greek lasagna), spanokopita (spinach pie) and tyropita (cheese pie), lamb, gyros, souvlaki, Greek salads, and favorite Greek pastries, including baklava and honey-dipped loukoumades.

The Festival will offer family secrets on how attendees can prepare their very own Greek dishes at home with a number of cooking demonstrations hosted each day by Saint Sophia’s parishioners.  An outdoor Taverna will offer such popular food items as Greek fries and saganaki (flaming cheese).  

For those who have thought about a Greek Mojito or Ouzo Martini, you are at the right place, because for the first time at any Greek festival in Florida, daily mixology presentations on how to mix your favorite Greek cocktail will be offered. 

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A gyro being prepared at the St. Sophia Greek Festival.

New York’s popular Aegean Duo will headline all three days with live music and performances throughout the festival.  Saint Sophia’s award-winning children’s dance troupe will celebrate their heritage with exciting dances. 

A variety of booths offering arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, religious art, and devotional items and books will be on hand. There will be a children’s area with rides, games and other activities. Guided tours of South Florida’s oldest Byzantine cathedral will be offered each day, and noted historian Dr. Paul George will discuss Saint Sophia’s rich history at a special presentation in the Cathedral at 5 p.m.  on March 4.   

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 2-3 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 4. Admission is $7 for adults and free to children 12 and under.  For more information, visit stsophiamiamifest.org

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