Festival organizers invite community to 'be Greek for a day'

The 2013 Greek Festival hosted by St. George's Greek Orthodox Church will feature food, entertainment, church tours and bazaar booths Friday, Sept. 20 and Sept. 21-22 at 2101 NW 145 in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: September 14, 2013

Organizers of a popular cultural event in the metro area are inviting the community to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Greece.

Chris Gianos, event chairman of the 2013 Greek Festival, said the general public is treated like extended family when they arrive at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2101 NW 145, which hosts the festival each year.

Gianos said he has been chairman of the festival for the past six years and has worked to ensure the event sticks close to its roots as a family-oriented experience. The festival is in its 29th year.

“Our motto was originally ‘Come be Greek for a Day,'” Gianos said.

“Basically, when you came to the festival, you were a part of the family at St. George. We're trying to come back to that.”

The event will include food, entertainment, tours of the church and a bazaar where jewelry, artwork and other items related to Greece will be sold.

Greek food — homemade pastries, gyro sandwiches, lamb and chicken dinners and pasticho (Greek lasagna) — is a big draw to the festival, but Gianos said the event offers more than a meal.

It all goes back to the family atmosphere church members create for festivalgoers.

“People felt like they were at home, not just at a dinner. They always felt like they were part of the family,” Gianos said.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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