St. John the Divine’s Annual Greek Food Festival Brings Community Together Through Culture | News, Sports, Jobs

WHEELING — The parishioners of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church will welcome everyone to their 21st annual Greek Food Festival in Center Wheeling this week.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30.

“We hope our guests will have a wonderful experience at our food festival, and we look forward to sharing with them our zeal for the gift of life, love of brotherhood and hospitality,” said Gus Kayafas, festival director.

Authentic food, electric atmosphere and infectious hospitality make this festival one not to miss this summer.

There’s something for everyone, and parishioners look forward to sharing their faith, food and fun with everyone.

The festive exterior decor allows visitors to taste the famous gyro sandwiches, tavern fries, wings or chicken skewer.

A flambé and aged cheese called saganaki will be served daily after 4 p.m.

Young people in the community prepare golden fried honey puffs, lemonade and baklava sundaes day and night.

The Agape Dancers will perform the exciting and colorful dances from various parts of Greece daily to live authentic Greek music provided by an Ohio Valley favorite, The Greek Company.

In addition to outdoor activities, available upstairs in the Hellenic Center room, there will be a variety of festival favorites such as pastitsio, moussaka, spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves and Greek salad from the village, as well as an abundant selection of delicious homemade Greek pastries. Tasty food products, uniquely authentic to Greek culture, are offered. Vendors will also be present, allowing guests to take home a piece of Greece.

However, parishioners’ greatest desire is to share the beauty of the Orthodox Christian faith with all.

While visiting the food festival, consider learning more about the Orthodox Christian Church by visiting the bookstore, joining one of the church tours, listening to one of the liturgical chant demonstrations and, of course, course, conversing with the father. Demetrios if anyone has any questions about the old faith.

The shrine will be open at noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily during the festival.

New this year at the tavern, a delicious novelty, a “mezze” (appetizer in Greek), of minced gyro meat, sautéed on the grill with peppers, onions and feta and served with fried pita triangles.

Back this year, the popular ‘Fun with Fillo’ cooking demonstrations are back. Maria Kayafas will present for three days at 2 p.m. — Wednesday through Friday, July 27-29, at the second-floor Education Center.

Maria will show you how to make Kataifi. This is a traditional and very popular Greek dessert made of shredded filo wrapped around a mixture of sweet almonds and walnuts and dipped in a buttery syrup…it’s just amazing!

“In Greek culture there is a tradition of philotimo, the love of doing good to people,” said Maria Kayafas. “This is reflected in our cuisine, our desire to show hospitality to guests, neighbors and family as we eagerly prepare Greek dishes to share our love for others. It’s just another way of sharing our culture.

Our popular Kafenio, a Greek cafe, returns this year with an anticipated fanfare.

Danyelle Dunlevy, 18, shared her excitement.

“We are thrilled to bring back a festival favorite introduced last year this year,” she said. “You don’t want to miss the kafenio for a frozen smoothie, baklava cheesecake, and ladopsomo, a sweet fried bread.”

Again for this year, all food sales will be in person, with no pre-orders in the Hellenic Center upstairs. Food can be packed up by the team of friendly volunteers to take home or enjoyed in one of the outdoor dining tents.

Follow on Facebook at Grecian Fest 2022 for the latest updates and news, or go online and browse for more information or to download a menu. Call 304-233-0757 with any questions.

The festival is located in the historic Center Market area, and plenty of free parking will be available on Chapline Street and the grounds in front of the church.

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