NEW BRITAIN - Visitors are encouraged to come by for freshly made Greek food and return for the dancing during the Fall Dionysos Festival at St. George Greek Orthodox Church this weekend.
The event is a smaller, indoor version of the annual Dionysos Festival the church hosts in May, said the Rev. Constantine Makrinos. But it will be just as tasty and just as lively, he said.
“We have vendors, we have a Greek band Saturday night and we have excellent food,” he said.
The festival opens today at 11 a.m. and rus through 9 p.m. at the church at 301 W. Main St. Its hours Saturday are 11 a.m. to midnight. The band will begin playing at around 6 p.m. Saturday, Makrinos said.
Admission is and parking are free.
“A lot of people come for the music,” Makrinos said. “People like to be entertained, but mostly it’s about getting people together. It’s open to the community and open to our parish members.”
Guests can enjoy a sumptuous feast of Greek culinary delights, from oven baked lamb with rice pilaf and Greek salad, to souvlaki, to gyros on pita bread.
Greek salad, tiropita, cheese pie, spanakopita, spinach pie, baked chicken and loukoumadess are also on the menu. For those with less adventurous palates, hot dogs and hamburgers will be available.
For dessert, Makrinos said, an array of Greek sweets, including baklava, will be prepared.
The festival food is prepared by parishioners, he said.
“The sweets we have are excellent, too,” Makrinos said. “We’ll have a sweets table.”
Soda, coffee, water and a variety of alcoholic beverages will also be for sale during the event.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.