In Destin? Go Greek!
Who’s ready to celebrate Labor Day with a three day weekend on the Emerald Coast? Goodbye time-clock, hello beach! Here in Destin, we’re ready for some sand, sun, and celebration this Labor Day weekend.
The best part about a Labor Day celebration is that it gives the whole family a chance to regroup after the hustle and bustle of beginning a new school year. After school supply shopping and PTO meetings, what better place to regroup than the white sand beaches of Destin?
Spend Saturday, Sunday, or Monday at the Greek Festival at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Nestled between Destin and Okaloosa Island, this festival will have you shouting, Opa! in no time.
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Greek musicians, including Kostas Kastanis, and dancers will provide entertainment. Meanwhile, indulge in the flavors of the Mediterranean. Sample delicious lamb or beef gyros, moussaka, or spanakopita. Of course, everyone’s favorite Greek treat is baklava. Sink your teeth into the crispy, sweet layers of pastry and be transported to the isle of Santorini or Mykonos.
Speaking of baklava, did you know this fun fact: although the Greeks take credit for baklava, the Turks actually created it. Baklava was first made in the kitchens of Istanbul. However, the Greeks later created the crispy thin layers of Phyllo dough which made it famous. The rest, as they say, is history! (And the best kind of history is the kind you can taste!)
Of course, you’ll feel like you’re in the history books at the Greek Festival, with authentic vendors, dancers, and chefs at every turn. Even the Greek Orthodox Church will be open for festival-goers to explore.
The festival lasts all weekend, costs $2 per person for admission, and parking is free. Nearby, enjoy The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island and plant your umbrella on the sugar white sand of the Gulf of Mexico.