Hellenic Traditions Celebrated At Cardiff Greek Festival

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10% of Festival Profits to Help Build National Shrine at Ground Zero

Cardiff Greek Festival 2015 Flyer

This year, we are blessed to ...share our culture with the San Diego community [and] extend our support to...the site of the horrific tragedy [Ground Zero].

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church welcomes the San Diego community to experience Hellenic cuisine, entertainment and hospitality during the 37th annual Cardiff Greek Festival on September 12 and 13, 2015. The parish will donate 10% of festival profits to support building the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center.

For a $3 admission (children under 12 are free), festival attendees will be transported into a quaint Greek village, serenaded by live entertainers across three stages, including renowned Southern California Greek band 4 Greeks LA. The parish’s youngest members – ages five through high school – will perform folk dances in traditional costumes.

Delicacies will be available, such as souvlaki (shish-kabobs), loukaniko (sausage), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and gyros. Vegetarian fare includes tiropitas (cheese triangles in filo) and spanakopita (spinach pie). The Kafenio (café) boasts mouth-watering desserts and coffee.

An open marketplace will typify a traditional bazaar. Rev. Father Michael Sitaras, pastor of Saints Constantine and Helen, will host tours of the church. A Fun Zone with games, crafts, and miniature golf will ensure children enjoy their time as much as the adults. A photo booth will help preserve the experience, and a chance to win a 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA will keep the festival’s excitement going until the very end.

“This year, we are blessed to not only share our culture with the San Diego community, but also extend our support to provide a place of worship and peaceful reflection at the site of the horrific tragedy,” said Father Sitaras.

The Saint Nicholas National Shrine is being erected at Ground Zero, replacing the small Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed on September 11, 2001 when the South Tower fell. The shrine will welcome people of all faiths to visit while touring the 9/11 Memorial and the Memorial Museum.

The Cardiff Greek Festival will be celebrated Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of Saints Constantine and Helen (3459 Manchester Avenue). It is located a half mile east of I-5 at the Manchester exit in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Free parking is available at the adjacent Mira Costa College. For more information, visit http://www.cardiffgreekfest.com.

Additional information on the Saint Nicholas National Shrine is available at http://www.stnicholaswtc.org/. A video depicting the reconstruction of the shrine can be found at: http://youtu.be/hNAk9NGUu2E.

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