Make us your home page
Instagram

Next weekend's annual Greek Festival promises plenty of food and fun

Christina Manolis and her daughter, Eleni, were among those in attendance at last year’s festival.

Courtesy of Christina Manolis

Christina Manolis and her daughter, Eleni, were among those in attendance at last year’s festival.

BROOKSVILLE — With its My Big Fat Greek Festival coming up next weekend, Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church members are looking forward to sharing the church's heritage, and its heart, with the community.

"We love to share our beautiful Hellenic traditions, culture, food and dance," says a brochure for the event.

"It allows us to share our warm culture, make new friends, give the community a fun family entertainment weekend and give back to different local charities every year," Emily Thomas, last year's parish council president, said about the sixth annual festival.

The festivities from Feb. 5 to 7 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. For the admission price of $2, those attending are offered live entertainment and access to numerous vendors, as well as free parking. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Entertainers for the event include Demetri, of Demetri and the Islanders, playing music for the three days, Shazadi and Jewels of the Desert and other local performers, including an Elvis tribute artist.

There will be a Greek trivia game, a gyro-eating contest, cooking demonstrations and a Toga Fun Run, along with several door prizes.

"We have an awesome kids village, even some free kids bounce houses, balloon art, face painting and pay-per-play fun stuff, too," Thomas said.

Greek dancing, including lessons, will be offered.

Food prepared by Greek City Cafe will be available for purchase and includes Greek favorites like gyros, moussaka, pastistio, souvlaki, saganaki, spanakopita, dolmades, Greek salads and lamb shank. There will be pastries from Hellas Bakery, such as baklava and baklava cheesecake — a double order this year so as not to run out as in past years. Food prices range from $4 to $10.

"We have so much variety. We even offer a variety box at the bakery to take home some yummies for another day," Thomas said. "With Valentine's Day around the corner, you will find the perfect something for your special someone, from our variety of jewelry and craft vendors as well as specialty Greek items and much more."

The United Way will partner with the church in sponsoring the festival. The Souper Bowl of Caring will also benefit from the proceeds.

Proceeds will also benefit the church's budget, which this year will include the building of a new facility on Anderson Snow Road in the coming months.

Thomas and her family began attending Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church in 2002, when they moved to Hernando County from West Palm Beach. It was the same year the church had become a mission church.

"We were welcomed by all and felt like, and still do, extended family," she said.

The Rev. Julian Damian has been the priest for the past two years.

"He is young, eager and very excited to be a part of the building of a new church," Thomas said. "We are happy to have him."

Thomas' husband, Curt, is the parish council president, a position he has held in previous years as well.

The church is part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. Services are primarily in English. Everyone participates by reading or singing along.

"We are small but active in our community," Thomas said, noting that the church was awarded the 28th annual Commissioner's Business Recognition Award from the state of Florida. "Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church is a chamber (of commerce) member, and we look forward to a ribbon cutting when that special time for our ground breaking comes."

>>if you go

My Big Fat Greek Festival

My Big Fat Greek Festival, presented by Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church, will be at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6 and from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 7. Admission is $2; children under 12 are admitted free. A Toga Fun Run will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6; the cost is $15 and includes a T-shirt and admission to the festival. The church is at 140 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, and offers 9:30 a.m. Orthros and 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy on Sundays. Call (352) 796-8482 or visit csgoc.org and hcgreekfestival.com.

Next weekend's annual Greek Festival promises plenty of food and fun 01/27/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 6:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Glen Campbell's wife Kim discusses challenges, guilt caregivers of Alzheimer's patients, others face

    Life Times

    If there's one thing Kim Campbell would change about caregiving for Alzheimer's patients, it's the attitude so many of us have toward transferring a loved one from home to a long-term care facility. According to Campbell, it's often the most kind, loving decision you can make. It's not a sign of failure, but one of …

    Kim Campbell, wife of country music legend Glen Campbell, is acknowledged by those attending the free event where she shared the story of her personal journey with Alzheimer???‚??„?s disease and the struggles she faced caring for her husband on Friday (5/26/17) at the Suncoast Hospice's Empath Health Service Center in Clearwater. Empath Choices for Care, a member of Empath Health, and Arden Courts Memory Care hosted the free event where Kim shared her story to help others understand the early stages, how the disease changes lives, the challenges families face and the role of caregiver.
  2. What happened when I took my dad to a Pitbull concert

    Music & Concerts

    TAMPA — "So, you know how you like Pitbull?" I asked my dad. "We can see him."

    Selfie of Divya Kumar and Anand Kumar at Pitbull/Enrique Iglesias concert.
  3. Tampa City Council votes to accept travel invitation from Cuban ambassador

    Blogs

    The invitation came to Tampa City Council chairwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin in a June 9 letter from Cuban ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez.

    The Tampa City Council voted 6-0, with Frank Reddick out of the room, to respond to a travel invitation from Cuban ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez.
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 25

    Events

    St. Pete Pride Festival: The daytime festival covers Central Avenue's Grand Central District with more than 350 vendors, multiple stages, live music, art and food. 9 a.m., Grand Central District, 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 342-0084.

    Kristen Whalen poses for a photo before the start of the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg last year. It's that time of year again, so check with us for your planning purposes. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times (2016)]
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 24

    Events

    St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade: St. Pete Pride's popular parade moves to downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront. The block party brings DJs, food and drinks starting at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at Fifth Ave NE and Bayshore at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 2 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth …

    Thousands line the streets of Central Ave. during the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg.  [Saturday, June 25, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]