WHEELING - "Greece Comes to You!" is the theme of this year's 14th Annual Grecian Food Festival beginning today at 11 a.m. The parishioners of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church are hosting their 14th Annual Grecian Food Festival today through Saturday (July 30 thru Aug. 2) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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 an Ohio Valley favorite, "The Greek Company" on Friday and Saturday nights and the performances of the Agape dancers, there will be entertainment provided by local talent on Thursday night. Festival goers will find more entertainment for the whole family this year as Centre Market will be sponsoring an Art Show on Friday and Saturday. There will also be free parking available at the OVMC garage.
It is all about the food! In addition to outdoor casual dining, over eight full dinner entrees are available in the Hellenic Center Hall. The choices are Grecian chicken, sausage, lamb, twice marinated pork ka-bobs or fish. Also available is an ala-carte menu and a wide selection of homemade Greek pastries. Flavorful food items only authentic to the Greek culture are being offered.
The parishioners of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church are hosting their 14th Annual Grecian Food Festival July 30 - Aug. 2. Featured will be traditional Greek food and pastries, the Agape Dancers, and much more.
Last year the church is celebrated its 100th anniversary as the first Greek Orthodox Church in West Virginia which was established in1913. Back by popular demand "Greek Town" exhibit showcases all of the business owned and operated by Greek Americans who migrated to Wheeling. Imported Greek gifts and Jewelry with a selection of beautiful imported gold and silver jewelry will also allow guests to bring home a piece of Greece. St. John the Divine offers Greek Language School for adults and children and 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 was realized and 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 or visit the Orthodox Book Store.
A portion of the proceeds this year will benefit the Esophageal Cancer Foundation. Go online and browse 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 to 304-232-4976 (GYRO).