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Greek Festival in Washington DC

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Greek Festival in Washington DC

Washington DC’s largest and oldest Greek Festival, located at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, celebrates Greek culture. Since 1960, the Ladies’ Society has prepared their authentic Greek fare in two small church kitchens at the festival, using recipes passed down from generation to generation and producing a menu of Greek favorites like, Mousaka, Pastichio, Manestra, Spanakopita, Tyropita, Dolmades, as well as succulent Greek pastries such as, Baklava, Diples and Kataifi. In addition to Greek food, the festival features authentic Greek coffees, beers, wines, and live music, as well as a Greek Marketplace offering books, jewelry and trinkets. The festival is open to the public with FREE admission and parking.

2013 Update: After more than 90 years of calling Washington, DC home, The Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, DC has moved to Silver Spring, Maryland. The 2013 Greek Festival will be held at the temporary church location while the new building is being built.

Dates and Times: October 12-13, 2013. Saturday 12-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m-8 p.m.

Location: St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral), 15100 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

Website: www.schgoc.org

History of the Greek Festival and the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

The first three-day Greek festival was held in 1960. The festival had originated as a small one-day bazaar in the late 1940s, which later developed into the largest Greek festival featured today in Washington, DC. The 93-year old church was started by a small group of Greek immigrants in 1918 at 6th and C streets, NW, in Washington, DC, headed up by Fathers Menides and Metaxopoulos with a small congregation of 100. The 16th and Upshur location was acquired in 1954 to fulfill the growing numbers of parishioners currently at over 1400 members. The church moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 2012, with building construction to be completed in late 2014.

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