WHEELING - The parishioners of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church are hosting the 12th-annual Grecian Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July5-7 and noon to 4 p.m. on July 8.
Since 2000, the community of St. John the Divine has hosted a multi-day Grecian festival. Each year, the committee tries to provide something new for faithful patrons, and this year is no exception.
In addition to live authentic Greek music provided by Soteri and his orchestra on July 6-7 and the performances of the Agape dancers, there will be entertainment provided by local talent the evening of July 5. Festival-goers will find more entertainment for the whole family this year as Centre Market will be sponsoring amusements, trolley rides, shows and more. There also will be free parking available at the Ohio Valley Medical Center garage.
Dancing, singing and, of course, food, will be on the agenda for the annual Wheeling Grecian Food Festival set July 5-8 at Wheeling’s St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.
This year's festival will be similar to past festivals in that it's all about the food. In addition to outdoor casual dining, full dinner entrees are available in the Hellenic Center Hall. The choices are chicken, sausage, lamb, pork ka-bobs or fish.
Also available is an ala-carte menu and a wide selection of homemade Greek pastries. Only food items authentic to the Greek culture are being offered.
This year a variety of local artists and craftsmen are joining the street market with a variety of imported items, a Greek jewelry shop with a selection of imported gold and silver jewelry and the Orthodox book store. A "pick-your prize" drawing for cash or electronic prizes and a separate drawing for a handmade birdcage will be available.
St. John the Divine offers Greek Language School for adults and children. The course includes the study of the culture and the faith. Interested individuals may sign up at the Greek Language School table located in the Hellenic Center Hall.
After many years, a dream was realized and the church sanctuary was renovated and completed in 2009. It represents the Byzantine architecture unique to the orthodox faith. The sanctuary will be open during festival hours, and those attending are encouraged to take a self-guided tour, relax in a church pew, listen to the beautiful Byzantine chants and study the icons.
For information, go to www.grecianfest.com. Those clicking on the contact tab and completing the information form will be included on the festival mailing list. Those submitting will receive a coupon good for a free Greek pastry and can call or fax an order to (304) 232-4976 (GYRO).