(Clifton, New Jersey, United States) – The Clifton Greek Festival is taking place this weekend. It opened on Friday, May 20, 2016 and will close on May 22 at 8 PM. The festival gives people a chance to experience the delicious food, sights, and sounds of Greece while also bringing people from the Clifton, NJ area together. Clifton, which is located in the heart of New Jersey, has a thriving Greek population that is centered at the Saint George Orthodox Church. There is a $1 admission fee that will benefit the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center. The proceeds from the rest of the festival will benefit the church community and help assist in paying for the daily operations of the church.
There are several reasons why people choose to attend this festival but the main draw is the food. Menu items will include desserts like baklava, as well as popular dishes such as lamb and dolmades. There will also be plenty of activities for children, as well as traditional Greek music featuring the bouzouki, dance demonstrations, the opportunity for everyone to dance, and tours of the church. These tours will give people the opportunity to see what the inside of the church looks like as well as give people the chance to learn about the Orthodox Christian faith. Pay particular attention to the Byzantine iconography and the 40-year old church alter that was shipped from Greece. There will also be dancing demonstrations put on by a Greek dance troupe.
The Clifton Greek Festival is taking place on the grounds of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, which is located on 818 Valley Road in Clifton, NJ. In addition to live entertainment and authentic Greek food, the festival will also feature shopping opportunities and booths for vendors. There is also a raffle where the winner will receive a 2016 Hundai Tucson SE AWD valued at $25,870.00. The drawing for the car will be held at 6 PM on Sunday, May 22. The festival has several sponsors that have made this festival possible.