(Durham, NC, United States) – The festival at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Durham, North Carolina will take place this weekend on Saturday June 4, 2016 and Sunday June 5, 2016. On both days, the festival will take place from 11 AM to 9 PM. Admission is free for both days and all the proceeds will benefit both the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church and the Durham Rescue Mission. For both volunteers and those attending the festival, the festival provides a fun way to give back to the community.
People flock to the festival from all over the surrounding area to experience the Greek culture. There will be a variety of Greek-related activities at this festival including listening to Greek music, learning about the traditional folk dances, and shopping for Greek-inspired goods. The marketplace will have Greek food products such as feta cheese, olive oil, and olives for sale. You can also buy things like jewelry, artwork, and crafts from some of the vendors. If you love food, you also may want to pick up a copy of the official Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church cookbook.
For most people who attend, however, the real highlight is the opportunity to eat some homemade Greek food. Food choices include the popular gyro, which is typically made from seasoned lamb and beef as well as tzatziki, a yogurt sauce, onions, and fresh tomatoes as well as chicken pita wraps, pork souvlaki, spanakopita, a flavorful spinach and filo pastry, and pastitsio, which includes layers of macaroni, Greek cheese, and seasoned meat. Finish your meal with some classic Greek desserts such as baklava and loukoumades, a honey-soaked “Greek style” donut, are also on the menu. Don’t forget to eat your dessert with a traditional Greek coffee or frappe! You also won’t want to miss watching the festival volunteers slow roast a whole lamb on a spit using the traditional Greek technique.
Participants can also learn about the church and the Orthodox faith while at the festival by joining in on one of the church tours and asking any questions they may have!