(Ocean, New Jersey, United States) – The Jersey Shore Greek Festival in Ocean, NJ will take place next weekend at the grounds of the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church on June 24, June 25, and June 26, 2016. Admission is $2 per person for adults and children under six years old will be free. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church parish. Parking is free and there is also a free shuttle that will transport people from a remote lot to the site of the festival.
This festival gives people from all over the Jersey shore a chance to experience the many aspects of the Greek culture including the food, music, and traditional dancing. There will also be church tours where people can see the inside of the church and ask any questions about the Orthodox faith, shopping opportunities, and plenty of activities for the kids. For many people, the highlight is the homemade Greek food that has been prepared by festival volunteers. Menu items include gyros, octopodi, or grilled octopus, loukaniko, or Greek sausage, kountosouvli, Greek-style pork that is slow roasted on a spit. There are also food items that don’t require the grill, such as moussaka, braised lamb shanks, and pastitsio. Be sure to save room for Greek desserts such as baklava, koulourakia, and paximadia! Don’t forget to accompany your dessert with a traditional Greek coffee or frappe. Also, make sure that you shop for some Greek food items and other gifts!
The Saint George Orthodox Church was built 25 years ago by members of the Jersey Shore Greek community to replace the church that was built 83 years ago. The new church is on a campus that includes a cultural center, athletic center, and administrative buildings. The festival will take place at the complex in some of the buildings, as well as outside at the grounds.