WHEELING - The parishioners of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church are hosting their 11th Annual Grecian Food Festival beginning Thursday thru Saturday July 7, 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. It is their way of saying "Welcome, come join us and experience a taste of Greece."
Since the year 2000, the community of St. John the Divine has hosted a multi-day Grecian Food Festival. Each year, the committee tries to provide something new for their faithful patrons and this year is no exception. In addition to live authentic Greek music provided by Soteri and his orchestra on Friday and Saturday nights and the performances of the Agape dancers, there will be entertainment provided by parishioners and open mike opportunities for the audience on Thursday night. Festivalgoers will find more entertainment for children and young adults. They will have a chance to tackle "Rockin' Acropolis" or climb up "Mount Olympus".
It is all about the food. In addition to outdoor casual dinning, full dinner entrees are available in the Hellenic Center Hall. The choices are chicken, sausage, lamb, pork ka-bobs or fish. Also available is an ala-carte menu and a wide selection of homemade Greek pastries. Only food items authentic to the Greek culture are being offered.
The Festival includes a Greek Market with its wide variety of imported items, a Greek Jewelry Shop with a selection of beautiful imported gold and silver jewelry, and the St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Book Store. Pick-your prize raffle tickets for a chance to win cash money or electronic prizes and a separate raffle for a handmade birdcage will be available. St. John the Divine offers Greek Language School for adults and children. The course includes the study of the culture and the Faith. Interested individuals may sign up at the Greek Language School table located in the Hellenic Center Hall.
After many years, a dream has been realized. The church sanctuary was renovated and completed in 2009. It represents the Byzantine architecture unique to the Orthodox Faith. The sanctuary will be open during Festival hours and you are encouraged to take a self-guided tour, relax in a church pew, listen to the beautiful Byzantine chants, and study the Icons.
Go online and browse www.grecianfest.com for more information. Click on the contact tab and complete the information form and you will be included on our mailing list. Once submitted you will receive a coupon good for a free Greek pastry. Call in or fax your order: 304-232-4976 (GYRO).