OPA!

Obscene Publications Act of 1959? No. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990? No. Open Platform Architecture? No. The Ontario Power Authority? No. A Greek exclamation used to express joy, approval or encouragement? Yes! That one!

It’s time once again for Greece on the Bayou as they’re calling it—or its official title, the Greek Festival New Orleans. Held on historic Bayou St. John near the lakefront at the Hellenic Cultural Center and Holy Trinity Cathedral (here are some nice photos of the Byzantine cathedral at NewOrleansChurches.com), it’s the festival’s 35th anniversary.

There are many cultural offerings on tap, but since this is the Greek Festival New Orleans, it’s really all about the food. Last year the whole gang, Nola and CS, SoMo, her husband and hellspawn lovely children and myself, all went on Friday evening. You can read all about last year from Nola here, and my post here.

This year Nola and CS will be out of town on a pilgrimage for something called “Frito Burgers” in Dallas. I hope to enjoy a repeat of last year’s delectable Mediterranean offerings. I wonder who’s going to have the better time? Here are some of the photos Nola snapped last year. As the Greeks say, kali orexi!

Roast lamb, calamari, gyros and pastries, oh my! Not shown—Greek coffee, honey yogurt, olives, Ouzo, wine… There’s a lot there, plus music and dancing all weekend. Go already!

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5 Responses to OPA!

  1. stacey on May 20, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    mmmmm pastries……mmmmmm. I can’t wait!!

  2. Nola on May 20, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Sorry to miss it this year. Dangit!

  3. Charlotte on May 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Only one food I love *almost* as much as oysters: LAMB!!
    And kalamata olives!
    And baklava!
    And the men! (just for looking, not tasting!)

  4. Sphinx Ink on May 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Yummy pix. I look forward to enjoying the Greek Festival vicariously via your blog. Haven’t been in years, myself–too hot, too much standing in line, etc., and I just can’t handle it physically. But it sure was fun back in the day! And WONDERFUL food, esp. the baklava.

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