A Taste of Greece Offered at St. John the Divine in Wheeling

The Agape Dancers

WHEELING — The parishioners of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church invite everyone to their 19th Annual Grecian Food Festival beginning Wednesday and continuing through Saturday, July 24-27.

The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The authentic food, electric atmosphere and the contagious hospitality makes this one festival no one wants to miss this summer. There is something for everyone to enjoy, and the parishioners cannot wait to share their faith, food and fun with everyone. The festive outdoor setting allows visitors to enjoy a fresh gyro, tavern fries, wings or chicken kabob. The youth of the community prepare golden fried honey puffs, lemonade and baklava sundaes by day and by night. Starting at 1:15 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. the Agape Dancers perform exciting and colorful dances from various regions of Greece to live authentic Greek music provided by an Ohio Valley favorite, The Greek Company.

In addition to outdoor activities, five full dinner entrees are available in the air-conditioned Hellenic Center Hall. The choices are Grecian chicken, sausage, lamb, twice marinated and grilled pork kabobs and baked fish. Also available is an ala-carte menu and a wide selection of homemade delicious Greek pastries. Flavorful food items, only authentic to the Greek culture, are being offered.

This year, for the fourth year, there will be Greek Food cooking classes entitled “Fun with Fillo” at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Hellenic Center Balcony. Imported olive oils, Greek gifts, art and jewelry, with a selection of beautiful imported gold and silver jewelry, will also allow guests to bring home a piece of Greece.

However, the event organizers’ greatest desire is to share the beauty of the Orthodox Christian Faith with every single visitor. When people come to the food festival, those at the church as that everyone please consider learning more about the Orthodox Christian Church by visiting the bookstore, participating in one of the church tours, listening-in on one of the liturgical chant demonstrations, and, of course, conversing with Fr. Demetrios, who can answer any questions. The sanctuary will be open at designated times during the festival for guided tours.

Go online and browse www.grecianfest.com for more information or to download a menu or order food for take-out. Click on the contact tab and complete the information form, you will get a free Greek pastry. Call in or fax your order: 304-232-4976 (GYRO).

The festival is located within the Centre Market Historic District, and there will be plenty of free parking available on Chapline Street and at the Center Wheeling Parking Garage.

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