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Santa Fe: New location and menu for this year’s event

The 15th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, is scheduled to take place in a new location with new dates and times.
This year’s festival will be from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
This is a festive and lively event and a way to experience Greek culture in Santa Fe, enjoy Greek food, music and dancing.
 “We are very excited because this year we are moving our Greek Festival to a larger venue that has better kitchen facilities and more viewing area for everyone to see the Greek band and Greek dancers,” said Kerry Tramontanas, festival chairman and treasurer of St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church.
“We are also expanding the festival from one day to two days and we will have beer and wine available for the first time.”
“We have recruited many of the Santa Fe restaurant owners and chefs who are of Greek descent to create a new menu for the festival this year,” said Violet Santikos-Frank, advertising chair for this year’s festival.
This year, the following restaurant owners are involved: Leonardo Razatos of the Plaza Café Southside; Andy Razatos of the Plaza Café Downtown; Dean Alexis of Upper Crust Pizza and Tortilla Flats; and Greg Menke of The Beestro Catering Service.
“We will definitely have our delicious Greek sweets available including, baklava, kourambiedes (powdered sugar cookies), melomakarona (honey cookies with walnuts), koulourakia (Greek twist cookies) and loukoumades (fluffy fried balls of dough coated with a light honey sauce and a  sprinkle of cinnamon) as well as our Greek coffee,” Santikos-Frank said.
Greek band, The Aegean Sounds, will serenade festival attendees and the Palamakia Dancers from Albuquerque will perform on Friday night and Saturday. There will also be a Greek Agora (Greek Import Store) that will sell Greek gift items as well as canned and bottled Greek foods throughout the festival.
There will also be several raffle prizes. The Santa Fe Community Convention Center is located at 201 W. Marcy St. Admission is $3 for adults and children. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.  All food and drink tickets can be purchased at the festival. For more information, contact Violet Santikos-Frank at 505-577-4742 or visit santafe