SAINT AUGUSTINE – The multi-cultural heritage of St. Johns County will be celebrated this weekend with two special events: The Greek Festival, Oct. 12-14 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive; and the St. Ambrose Catholic Church Fall Festival, Oct. 14 in Elkton.
Travel to Greece when Francis Field is transformed into a “virtual Greek Village.” Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 13; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. The three-day event offers Greek food, traditionally costumed Greek folk dancers, free Greek dance lessons and Greek music.
Among this year’s entertainment will be Ellada, nationally known; along with the Nisiotes and Asteria Greek dance troupes. Visitors are invited to learn the steps and participate with the dance troupes.
Special features include an outdoor marketplace and a Kids Center.
In the food department, many of the dishes are prepared by parishioners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. And there’s a village Kafenio, providing an opportunity to sip Greek coffee and taste a variety of Greek pastries.
Special this year from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, a free piece of baklava is served with the purchase of a full dinner platter. Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. is two for one draft beer; and on Sunday, it’s Gyro Sunday with half priced gyros.
Francis Field is located behind the historic downtown parking garage. Note: only registered service dogs are permitted at this event.
Admission to the festival is $5 for adults; children 16 and under are free. Active-duty US. military and immediate families are free with ID.
A portion of the proceeds from this three-day event goes to a local not-for-profit organization.
- AMBROSE FALL FESTIVAL
After experiencing a visit to the colorful country of Greece, get a taste of Minorca and St. Augustine’s Spanish heritage from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14, with the annual St. Ambrose Catholic Church Fall Festival. The church is located at 6070 Church Road in Elkton. Hundreds look forward to the annual festival, an event which includes music by the Red River Band, kids games, face painting and hay rides, a huge yard sale and tours of the historic St. Ambrose Church, built in 1907.
The star of the festival, however, is the food – Minorcan Clam Chowder coupled with a variety of other options – barbecued pork sandwiches, pork dinners, sausage dogs, hot dogs, French fries, desserts, ice cream, assorted drinks, beer, bottled water and soda.
So pack up your lawn chairs, find a cool place under the mammoth oak trees and prepare for an afternoon of visiting with friends and neighbors. If you’ve never been there before follow the signs from State Road 207, County Road 305 and State Road 13.