BRISTOL – In a return of its fall fundraiser, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will be holding its annual Taste of Greece Festival this weekend.
“Originally we had only the Zorba Festival and later on we said it would be nice to (celebrate) again in the fall with a second mini-festival,” said Olga Bookas, parish council president of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. “This one starts Friday at 4 p.m. and ends Sunday at 6 p.m.”
Saturday, the festival will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will start at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The main focus of the festival can be easily deduced from its name. Authentic Greek dishes, from meals to deserts, will be offered. Greek music will also be played at the event and visitors are encouraged to dine in. Should weather prove to be clear, the church may place seating outside.
“It’s all about the community and also inviting people from not only Bristol but also the surrounding areas,” said Bookas.
The festival has been held over 10 years at 31 Brightwood Road.
“This helps our church financially and is the main reason we’re doing a second one,” said the parish council president.
Books has said the church serves as a central focus in many of its parishioners' lives with over 70 families contributing to its activities. While the festival will serve as a fundraiser to ensure the church’s mission of ministry continues, it’s also about sharing the appreciation of Greek culture through fellowship and food.
St. Demetrios of Thessalonica, Greek martyr and Christian, was recognized for his activities around the fourth century as a military saint and leader.
Among its activities, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is also recognized for its Zorba Festival which often celebrates Greek dance, activities and food in a larger, summertime gathering.
Items to be offered include lamb shanks, gyro, souvlaki, mousaka and more.
For more information, call 860-583-3476.