St. George Greek Orthodox Church will host its 29th annual Greek Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located on the bay at 40th Street in Ocean City, Md., from July 27 to July 29. The festivities will begin at noon each day and will end at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The three-day Greek Festival is the largest one in the Delmarva area.
“We prepare almost a year ahead,” said Greek Festival Promotion Coordinator Alexandra Hall. “The week after the festival ends, we start to plan for next year.”
Parishioners from the church volunteer at the event — cooking, serving food and cleaning.
“We prepare for a minimum of 5,000” people, Hall said.
The Greek Festival is designed to be fun for all. Activities will take place inside the air-conditioned convention center, and the entire event is handicapped-accessible, Hall said.
The annual event usually attracts two audiences: those of Greek ethnicity and others who are interested in learning about Greek culture. Each year, local families and tourists take a break from the beach to experience a lunch or dinner of Greek cuisine and partake in the celebration.
Attendees can enjoy authentic Greek entrees, including gyro on pita bread, lamb shank, souvlaki, pastitsio, Greek salad, baklava, loukoumades and more. Carry-out will also be available, so the traditional dishes can be enjoyed after the festival ends.
Dinner and dancing will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, with live performances from The Golden Flame — a traditional Greek bouzouki band.
“No training is needed. Just grab a hand and go. No judgement! It’s just a lot fun,” Hall said.
On Saturday, the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon Dance Troupe will perform three sets, starting at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
For those who are feeling lucky, there will be two raffles at the festival. The first raffle is for a chance to win up to $10,000. There are only 200 tickets available, each costing $100. The second raffle is a $1,000 cash prize. Tickets for that raffle are being sold in sets of six for $5. The raffle tickets are available for purchase online or at the event. The winners will be drawn at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
All proceeds from the festival benefit St. George Greek Orthodox Church’s community and ministry programs.
The festival’s food, jewelry, imports and art vendors will accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover for convenience. An ATM is onsite as well.
For more information, visit http://www.oceancitygreekfestival.com/festival/.
By Ally Lanasa