Greek Festival brings community together for food and fun

tjefferson@vagazette.com

The biannual Williamsburg Greek Festival was another hit at this past weekend St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

“We’re a young church and we hold this festival as a major fundraiser. We are proud of our heritage and culture and want to share it,” said festival organizer Robert Marakos on Saturday.

Marakos said the church has been hosting the biannual festival for over 10 years and has held it at the church on Mooretown Road since they moved into the building four years ago.

The church also held a festival this past June.

Vendors sold paintings and jewelry, food was also plentiful. Dancers also entertained guests in the church ballroom.

Marakos said the point of the festival is to engage with the community and showcase Greek’s heritage.

“We like to have the community come in and see the church. Everybody sees it from the road but not everyone comes in. We want to show it off. We are proud of what we do here. We are proud of who we are and what we are.” Marakos said. “Being Greek Orthodox is more than just our religion.”

Guests had their selection of calamari, gyro, roasted lamb and Greek salad. The dessert included rice pudding and ek mek.

Brass Canyon also provided a Greek beer for the event.

“I’ve been enjoying it. I wanted to see the artwork and get some food,” resident Gabby Chahine said.

The festival lasted from Friday to Sunday. There were an estimated 100 people on Friday and people continued to stream into the festival throughout the weekend.

Boy Scouts were also on hand doing community service by bussing tables and washing dishes.

Jorge Rivas, assistant scout master of the Williamsburg troops, said the Greek Festival is the most fruitful fundraiser for his organization.

“We come out to fund raise for the troop. This helps them go on camping trips and helps them buy gear,” Rivas said. “It’s a great partnership. We support them and they support us.”

Marakos said he is happy to see new and old faces at the festival.

“It’s fantastic how well the church is supported in this community,” Marakos said.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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