Cardiff-by-the-sea, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2014
The Cardiff Greek Festival is a 36-year tradition in North County, bringing together the San Diego community throughout the two-day span. Under its iconic gold dome, the grounds of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church will once again be transformed with the sights, sounds, aromas and hospitality of the Mediterranean.
“We look forward to sharing Greece’s rich history and tradition with the community every year through the festival’s food, music, and dance,” said Rev. Father Michael Sitaras, Pastor of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. “The spirit of Greece is alive in us. Let us share it with you!”
For a $3 dollar admission (children under 12 are free), attendees are transported into a quaint Greek village, serenaded by renowned Southern California Greek band The Olympians and other live entertainers throughout the weekend. They can feast on traditional Greek cuisine including souvlaki (shish-kabobs), loukaniko (sausage), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves with egg-lemon sauce), and gyros. Scrumptious vegetarian fare includes tiropitas (cheese triangles in filo) and spanakopita (spinach pie). Of course, don’t forget to save room for homemade pastries!
As you enjoy the sweet and the savory, let the parish’s youngest members – ages five through high school – entertain you as the award-winning dance groups perform folk dances in traditional Greek costumes. Send a shout of “Opa!” their way to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication to their heritage. You’ll even have the opportunity to put your best fancy footwork forward through guided dance instruction.
A highlight of the experience will be church tours guided by Fr. Michael. “What many visitors don’t realize is that our gold dome is just as magnificent on the inside as it is on the outside. I love that moment of stunned wonderment when guests first see the intricacy of the Byzantine artwork in our church.”
Before you leave your journey to Greece, visit the open marketplace which typifies a traditional bazaar with Greek imports, pottery, fine jewelry, artwork, a Greek deli, and an array of other treasures. A Fun Zone with games, crafts, and miniature golf will ensure children enjoy their time as much as the adults. Live auctions and a chance to drive away in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA will keep the festival’s excitement going until the very end.
The Cardiff Greek Festival will be celebrated Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (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. Visit http://www.cardiffgreekfest.com for more information.