WHEELING – The parish of the Greek Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Wheeling will welcome the community to their 20th annual Greek food festival, July 28-31.
The popular community festival celebrating Greek heritage and delightful cuisine will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. that week Wednesday through Saturday.
Authentic food, electric atmosphere and inviting hospitality make this festival what no one wants to miss. Festival organizers said there is something for everyone to enjoy and parishioners look forward to sharing their faith, food and fun with everyone.
“Hopefully we all hope you have a wonderful experience at our annual food festival and that you will enjoy the various virtues that shine through our parish community at such an event – our zeal for the gift of life, our love for society. and hospitality to our neighbors, “ Gus Kayafas, festival manager, said.
The festive outdoor setting on Chapline Street allows visitors to enjoy a fresh, fried tavern lap, chicken wings or kebab.
Young people from the local Greek community prepare golden fried puffs of honey, lemonade and baklava sunda day and night. Agape Dancers will perform daily exciting and colorful dances from different regions of Greece to live authentic Greek music provided by a Ohio Valley favorite, “Greek Company”.
In addition to outdoor activities, upstairs in our Greece Hall there will be a variety of festival favorites like pastitsio, moussaka, spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves and Greek village salad, along with a wide selection of pastries homemade Greek delicacies. Fragrant food items – only authentic to Greek culture – are being offered.
Vendors will also be nearby that will allow guests to bring home a piece of Greece.
“Our greatest desire is to share the beauty of our Orthodox Christian Faith with each of you,” Tha Caiaphas. “When you visit the food festival, please consider learning more about the Christian Orthodox Church by visiting our bookstore, attending one of our church tours, listening to one of our liturgical song demonstrations, and, of course, talking to Fr. Demetrios if you have any questions. ”
The sanctuary will be open at certain times during the festival for guided tours.
Again this year they are popular “Fun with Start” cooking demonstrations. Maria Kayafas will present in three days at 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 29-31, on the balcony. This year, Maria will show visitors how to make bougatsa. This is a traditional and very popular Greek dessert made with whipped cream wrapped in crispy golden filo, sprinkled with melted butter and garnished with powdered sugar and cinnamon. It “Simply amazing,” she said.
“Among Greek culture, there is a tradition of philotimos, the love of doing good for people,” said Maria Kayafas. “It comes in our cooking, in our desire to show hospitality to guests, neighbors and family as we eagerly prepare Greek dishes to share our love for others. It’s just another way to share our culture. ”
New this year is a Café, a Greek coffee house.
“We are excited to bring something new to the festival,” said 17-year-old Danyelle Dunlevy. “We were coming up with ideas and thought Frappé, Cheesecake Baklava and Ladopsomo were the toast that people would love as much as we do.”
For 2021, performance and visits will be made in person, with no pre-orders in the upper dining area. Food will be packaged to take home or to enjoy in one of the outdoor dining tents.
The festival will be located within the Historic Market Center District and there will be plenty of free parking available on Chapline Street and in the Parking Center Garage.
Follow the festival on Facebook at “Greek Festivals” for the latest updates and news, or go online and browse www.grecianfest.com for more information or to download a menu.
Call 304-233-0757 for any additional information.