St. Andrew Festival – Big Greek Festival
WHEN: Friday, Saturday & Sunday – June 1, 2 & 3, 2018 (48th annual)
Friday 11AM to 2PM, Lunch / Takeout 5PM to 12AM
Saturday Noon to Midnight, Sunday Noon to 8PM
The Big Greek Festival is an annual event. The dates vary from year to year (usually held in late May or early June.)
DESCRIPTION: Each year, thousands of visitors to Big Greek Festival visit the St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church grounds to see how Greeks preserve the character and ties to Greek culture in a classic way – by bringing together a handful of key ingredients central to a characteristic Greek community gathering:
- Fresh, hot off the grills dishes and homemade delicacies.
- Live Greek music and entertainment featuring Greek folk dancing.
- Traditional Greek wines and liquors.
- Family friendly fun including for younger children.
- Lots and lots of people.
Hundreds of hours are invested in preparing for the throngs who travel, sometimes for hours – to be immersed in the distinctively cultural experience.
The three day event kicks off on Friday with a takeout menu.
Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) dance troupe and younger counterparts take to the stage, stunning audiences with the dancers’ lively steps, twists and turns; dancers are skilled at weaving through the crowds and draw visitors to their feet to join in the fun.
The venue is family friendly, with activities specifically for children. Adults and kids alike enjoy wandering the marketplace, viewing the handicrafts presented by all types of vendors.
Of special interest are church tours, which reveal craftsmanship and intricate detail adorning colorful icons and wood carvings, and bright and colorful glass windows.
Visa/Mastercard are accepted, and ATM is available.
Arts and crafts vendors wanted.
Direct sales vendors wanted.
Antique and collectible vendors wanted.
Flea market vendors wanted.
Non-profit organizations wanted.
Commercial and business exhibitors wanted.
Entertainment needed for event – face painters, magicians, clowns, petting zoos, musicians, bands, DJ’s, etc.
Entertainment exhibitors wanted (not to entertain, but to exhibit their services such as DJ’s, musicians, etc.)
Vendors interested in showcasing their business can call the church office.
EVENT CONTACT: Roslyn or Cathy at 973-584-0388