Greek Festival gets underway this Thursday
Prepare your palette for the scrumptious Greek food offered at the 34th Annual Greek Festival starting on Thursday. This four-day celebration of the Greek culture and the Orthodox Christian faith begins on Thursday, May 12, and runs through Sunday, May 15. Everything takes place on the grounds of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 2990 S. Cashua Drive.
In addition to the 34th annual event, it marks the 54th anniversary of the Greek Orthodox Church in Florence. Festival hours are 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Everyone is invited to come enjoy delicious Greek food and stay for the festivities.
Events and programs scheduled include live Greek music and dancing, children’s rides, helicopter rides, vendors on the grounds, church tours and lectures about the Orthodox Christian faith, and plenty of Greek food and pastries. Lunch and dinner will be offered for dine in or take out, as well as at the drive-thru (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
Patrons may dine inside the new Hellenic Center or outside under the big tent and enjoy the outdoor entertainment. The festival menu will feature: chicken riganato (1/2 baked chicken) moussaka, souvlaki, and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) served with rice pilaf, spanakopita, Greek salad and bread.
Grilled chicken Greek salad will be offered as well. The outdoor food offerings will include the same items as the indoor menu, in addition to gyros and fries as part of an ala-carte menu. Also, delicious honey puffs will be cooked outdoors. Advanced dinners may be purchased for $10. Meal tickets are $11 at the door.
Credit cards will be accepted during festival hours. Large orders may be called in at (843)-662-5471. As always, the ladies of the church have baked Greek pastries to be offered for sale at the festival.
Their pastries include baklava, kourabea, fenekia, koulourakia, kataifi, chocolate eclairs, napoleons, axladakia and other goodies. For more information about the festival or to purchase advanced tickets, please call the church office at 843-662-5471. For more information or to view the schedule of events, visit online @ www.florencegreekfestival.com.