Annual Greek festival adds a fourth day to the festivities

The 25th Annual Greek Festival will be held on July 11, 12, 13 and 14 at Ocean City’s Roland Powell Convention Center, at 41th Street and Coastal Highway. Organizers said the Greek Festival has added a Monday to the festival to accommodate people arriving in the area during the week.

This year’s festival promises Greek delicacies including Greek entrees pastitsio, lemon chicken, moussaka, lamb shank, spanakopita and tiropita (spinach pie and cheese pie), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and more. Picky eaters love the top-selling gyros, organizers noted.

The St. George Greek Orthodox Church Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) booth is where all the pastries, including the baklava, can be found.

Some festivalgoers stock their freezers with food from the event, organizers noted. All menu items are served daily beginning at noon and are available for eat-in or carry-out.

Festivalgoers can have lunch and then shop at the vendor booths for jewelry, art, music, clothing, imports and more.

After 5 p.m. nightly, the festival will offer the sounds of the live Greek band Golden Flame. Others can enjoy the music and the live Greek folk dance floor show.

The “Best Odds in Town” raffle gives ticket-holders a 1 in 100 chance to win $5,000 — enough for a Greek island vacation. Other raffles include prizes of either a new motor-scooter or $1,000. The drawings are July 14 at 8 p.m., and ticketholders need not be present to win.

The festival hours are: Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday and Monday from noon and 9 p.m. Admission from noon to 4 p.m. daily costs $2 per person 14 or older. After 4 p.m., admission for those 14 or older costs $3. Those younger than 14 will be admitted free of charge when accompanying an adult. Locals can also enter the festival free daily, between noon and 4 p.m. by showing a driver’s license with a local address. Parking is free, and the air-conditioned hall is handicap accessible.

All proceeds go to support the Ministries of St. George Greek Orthodox Church.

For more information, visit www.stgeorgebythesea.org, call (410) 524-0990 or email stgeorgeoc@gmail.com.