Ft. Pierce Greek Festival this weekend at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

 

FORT PIERCE — The aroma of traditional Greek dishes will drift across the tent-covered parking lot of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Pierce from Friday through Sunday at the 31st annual Greek Festival.

“The Mediterranean has a reputation for fine cuisine, and it’s the ethnic food that attracts so many people to the festival,” said chairman and retired Port St. Lucie restaurateur George Stamatagianis. “We prepare all the food ourselves, and church members have been working on it for weeks.”

Volunteer Tia Mekras said she has attended many Greek festivals and none matches the food served at St. Nicholas.

“It’s the very, very best. It tastes like it came from grandmother’s kitchen,” Mekras said.

The menu will include lamb shanks, soutzoukakia, moussaka, gyros and souvlaki. Baklava, koulourakia, kataifi and diples will be among the pastries. Imported Greek wines, beers and Greek coffee will be served.

Vendors from as far as New York and Pennsylvania will sell goods imported from Greece and other countries.

“Paintings, T-shirts and religious icons will be among the items,” Mekras said. “The price range will be wide, from as little as $3 to $2,000.”

The Hellenic Band from Palm Beach will play Greek music, and youth groups in handmade traditional costumes will dance. Children’s activities will include face painting and a bounce house. Tours of the 200-member church will be available.

Mekras said the festival gives members of the Treasure Coast Greek community an opportunity to share their culture and showcase their ethnicity, language and religious heritage.

“Our festival stems from an old Greek custom,” Mekras said. “Each village has an annual celebration to show off their village, and invites people from other villages to experience the food, music and dancing. It’s a wonderful way to make and meet friends.”

The festival is St. Nicholas Church’s major annual fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit community organizations that the church supports, among them Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hospice of The Treasure Coast.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church,

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

2525 S. 25th St., Fort Pierce

Contact: (772) 464-7194

 

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