Special to The Herald
NEW BRITAIN - The St. George Greek Orthodox Church will present its 34th annual Dionysos Festival Memorial Day weekend with homemade Greek cuisine, live music and events for children.
The three-day festival, which will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, will be held on the grounds of the church at 301 W. Main St.
Artemis Nemphos, the acting church treasurer, has been helping coordinate this event since the beginning.
“We maintain the same tradition,” Nemphos said. “It’s something we are proud of.”
Nemphos says that the church is known for its food, and people come from as far away as New Hampshire to enjoy traditional Greek cuisine.
James Loukas, head chef for the event, takes pride in his cooking, and it shows.
“I cook everything,” Loukas said. That includes pastitsio, moussaka, spanakopita, tiropita, gyros, souvlaki and many other Greek delicacies.
“We are well known around the community for the quality of our food, you can’t beat what we have.” Nemphos said.
Nemphos recommended the loukoumades, or “honey pots,” which will be made live at the festival.
Other featured events include music, dancing, and a cultural dance routine performed by children.
The church celebrated its 100th birthday last year, and Nemphos is pleased with the role the festival plays.
“Every ethnic group celebrates. We are glad to contribute from the Greek community,” Nemphos said.
Greeks and non-Greeks alike are invited to attend the celebration.
The festival will be held 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Raffle tickets for cash prizes will be sold throughout the weekend, with the drawing on Sunday night.
All funds raised will go to the church.
Parking is available on the church grounds and the street. Both parking and admission is free.
Additional festival and contact information can be found on the church website: www.nbstgeorge.com .