For Southerners, fried foods are our Achilles heel. Our kitchens are like art studios where recipes are perfected and new delights are born. We especially love to batter and fry standard fare like okra and fish, but we don’t mind expanding the technique to Kool-Aid and Twinkies.
In Athens, Alabama, we have embraced our love of fried foods and the Greek origin of our city’s name by hosting the annual Athens Grease Festival in downtown Athens.
Eating healthy is important, but we have set aside this day to enjoy the culinary creations we love to dip, batter and fry. We encourage you to take a trip for your taste buds and join us.
As event organizers like to say, you should eat responsibly the other 364 days of the year.
The Athens Grease Festival …
Was named one of the state’s Oddest Festival by Al.com
World Record Attempt held in 2014 for World’s Largest Toga Party
2013 Main Street Alabama winner of Excellence in Promotion
Has provided funds for Downtown Athens revitalization efforts
Each year honors a Limestone County woman who gives back to the City of Athens. The honoree is deemed Athena-Grease Goddess and receives a burlap sash, battery-operated torch and toga.