THE 56th PENSACOLA GREEK FESTIVAL
The 56th Annual Pensacola Greek Festival will take place on October 9-11 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 1720 West Garden Street. This 3-day event draws upwards of 30,000 people from across the Southeast. Festival hours are 11am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday and from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. Admission is always FREE.
The Pensacola Greek Festival is a staple of the Pensacola Bay area’s fall festival lineup, mixing southern hospitality with Hellenic culture and cuisine. This year, the Pensacola Greek Festival will be celebrating the island of Skopelos which many of our parishioners still call home and where most of the movie Mama Mia was filmed. Skopelos is a beautiful lush island in the Sporades off the coast of Northern Greece.
Live Greek music and traditional folk dancing will be among the entertainment highlights of the weekend. Youth dancers dressed in traditional costumes representing various regions of Greece will perform dance sets throughout the weekend, and the dance floor is open to all between youth sets. The popular Kostas Kastanis band will be back again to play traditional and modern Greek music throughout the weekend.
On the menu this year will be traditional roast lamb, lamb shanks, baked chicken, dolmathes, moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, tiropita, and Greek salads. All of these dinner items will be served inside the hall. Once again, Greek desserts will only be sold outside under the main tent. This change last year allowed us to shorten the wait for the dinner lines considerably.
For more information visit the festival website at www.pensacolagreekfestival.com.
THE 12TH MUNSON HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Come on out to the Munson Heritage Festival for a fun filled weekend for the entire family. Step back in time as you view exhibits from a bygone era while enjoying great live music and much more. The 12th Annual Munson Heritage Festival will be held, rain or shine on beautiful Blackwater River State Forest on October 10th and 11th from 9am to 6pm.
Less than an hour from Pensacola and only 30 minutes from Crestview or Brewton, it’s a short drive, but worlds away from the daily stress of the “Information Age.” See demonstrations including a working grist mill and sawmill, wood stove cooking, syrup making, moonshine making, crafts and much more. There will be antiques, everything from furniture to Fords and farm implements, as well as a car show, wagon train, wagon rides and a free kids’ activity area. There will also be archery and muzzleloader competitions. Educational displays by the Florida Forest Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will highlight local flora and fauna. You don’t want to miss it!
A $10 parking pass is good for the entire weekend. All staff are volunteer, all proceeds go to charity. The Munson Heritage Festival committee appreciates the generous support from its sponsors, the local community and the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Council. No alcohol, no pets. To find out more visit our website at www.munsonheritagefestival.com.
SIP, STROLL AND SAMPLE AT THE ART & WINE FESTIVAL
With the stroke of a brush and the pop of a cork, the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk will transform into an artist and foodie’s paradise during the 2015 Pensacola Beach Art & Wine Festival on Sunday, October 18.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce invites the public to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon strolling the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, enjoying the fall air and sampling some of the best food and wine in the area, all while perusing the works of some of the Gulf Coast’s most talented artists.
“This event truly showcases how much talent we have locally. There is such a variety of artists - from painting to custom jewelry to pottery - just to name a few,” says Nicole Stacey, president of the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Add to that the chefs who will be showcasing their own specialty dishes, and it makes for a perfect Sunday fun-day on Pensacola Beach.
The festival is free to the public, however to participate in the food and wine tastings you must purchase a ticket and receive a wristband. Advance tickets for the tastings are $35 each or $60 for a pair, and can be purchased by going to pensacolabeachchamber.com through Thursday, Oct. 15. Tickets purchased on or after October 16 are $40.
THE 27TH ANNUAL WSRE WINE AND FOOD CLASSIC
Themed Savor & Surf Southern, the 27th Annual WSRE Wine & Food Classic begins with the Grand Southern Tasting on Friday, Oct. 16, 6pm to 9pm at the Hilton Pensacola Beach. Twenty-two of the area’s top chefs will be participating, and Republic National Distributing Company -a longtime sponsor of this event -will be providing a selection of fine wines. Tickets are $40 and available at wsre.org/wineandfood.
Participating chefs include: Joe Abston, Pot Roast & Pinot; William Briand, Fisher’s at Orange Beach; Matthew Brown, The Fish House; Mike DeSorbo, Culinary Productions; Dan Dunn, H2O Pensacola Beach Hilton; Chris Pichotta, V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante; John Huggins, La Brisa; Chrisoula Hulion, Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe; Betsy LeGallais and Sue Shattuck, So Gourmet; Paulette Martin, Nouveau Pastries & Catering; Gregg McCarthy, The Grand Marlin; Alex McPhail, Iron; Jerry Mistretta, Jerry’s Bistreaux Catering; Brody Olive, Coast Restaurant & Spectrum Resort; Chris Sherrill, Flora-Bama Yacht Club; Tyler Simmons, Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille; John Smith, Hemingway’s Island Grill; Shayne Taylor, Pensacola Country Club; Mike Tilton, Jubilee; Chris Tingle, McGuire’s Irish Pub; and Eric Troup, Margaritaville.
The Wine & Food Classic continues on Sunday, Oct. 25. Chef John Besh will be WSRE’s featured guest for an afternoon meet and greet and book signing from 1pm to 2:30pm at So Gourmet, followed by a sold-out fundraising dinner at Jackson’s Steakhouse from 6pm to 9pm. Admission to the meet and greet event is free with a portion of proceeds from sales of the new “Besh Big Easy” cookbook donated to the WSRE-TV Foundation.
A Bodacious Family of Shops is Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 Wine & Food Classic. Will and Jane Merrill are this year’s Honorary Event Chairs. The Grand Southern Tasting is sponsored in part by Gulf Power Company. Besh’s participation is sponsored in part by Polonza Bistro. All proceeds support the mission of WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, to deliver quality educational media and outreach services.
THE 81ST ANNUAL PENSACOLA INTERSTATE FAIR
The Pensacola Interstate Fair is ready to celebrate their 81st Anniversary with a great line up of attractions for the whole family to enjoy, all free with the price of admission, plus a midway filled with exciting rides. From exotic animals you can pet to life-sized amphibians with ninja skills, the Fair has it all from October 22-Nov. 1.
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty at the hands-on “AG-tivity” Center. The “AG-venture” stations provide interactive agricultural activities for children of all ages such as making butter, germinating seeds and several other activities aimed at educating the public and building a stronger awareness of agriculture. Students are invited to touch, taste and feel Florida’s agriculture while learning where their food comes from and about the important contributions Florida farmers make to their communities and state.
Back for another year, Eudora Farms exotic petting zoo features animals not commonly seen in normal petting zoos, such as camels, an African watusi, a Scotch highlander, an alpaca and many more. Go to EudoraFarms.net to learn more.
Three new attractions to the Fair this year are the Tricky Dogs, Al the Artist and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Tricky Dogs Show is a circus-style comedy dog act starting six Terriers, one Poodle and their pet human, Rick Martin. The show will run daily during the run of the Fair, with three shows offered each day. While you’re walking around enjoying the sites, sounds, food and fun, you may run into Al the Artist, the roaming, FREE caricature artist. You may also run into those green heroes in a half-shell while walking the midway. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have meet-and-greets daily.
The public is also encouraged to visit the Livestock Auction on Wednesday, Oct. 28, where they can purchase a prize-winning steer raised by students. All proceeds from the auction go back to those students. Other signature events returning for another great year include fine arts exhibits, antiques and collectibles, a flower show and a photography exhibition, just to name a few.
Bring the kids out on Saturday, Oct. 31, for the Family Friendly “Trick or Treat” at the Fair, sponsored by NASH FM. Beginning at 3pm, all patrons who purchase a child’s admission ticket can visit the NASH FM truck by the main ticket booth and receive a special “Fair Trick or Treat” bag. From 3 to 7pm, the concessionaires throughout the Fair will be open for “Trick or Treating” and will be distributing candy to only those children with a special “Fair Trick or Treat” bag. Those already in the Fair can stop by the NASH FM booth to pick up a bag. “Fair Trick or Treat” bags will be distributed while supplies last. Come out and enjoy a safe and friendly evening of “Trick or Treating” with the whole family!
Daily Events Schedule:
o Sunday-Thursday - Open to 8pm.
o Friday-Saturday - Open to 9pm.
o From open to close daily
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet-and-Greet
o Monday-Friday - 4:30 and 7:30pm.
o Saturday-Sunday - 12:30, 4:30 and 8:30pm.
o Monday-Friday - 5:00, 6:30 and 8:00pm.
o Saturday-Sunday - 1:00, 4:00 and 8:00pm.
For a complete daily Fair schedule and all show times or for more information on the Pensacola Interstate Fair, call the Fair office at (850) 944-4500 or visit www.pensacolafair.com. You can also join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PensacolaInterstateFair.
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