Greek Festival Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

PISCATAWAY – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1101 River Road, Piscataway, announces its 40th Annual Greek Festival, taking place May 17 – 19. Hours of operation are Friday, 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m., and Sunday, noon – 8 p.m.

The 40th Anniversary of this Festival commemorates the longest-running Greek Orthodox Church Festival in the state of New Jersey. This annual three-day-event attracts thousands of people each year for homemade Greek food, live music, traditional Greek Folk Dancing, as well as Church tours and cultural information.

Live music, singers, six community Greek folk dance groups, souvlakia, gyros, and Greek pastries will be a few of the amenities one will be able to enjoy in our air conditioned community center. The outdoor Taverna, Take-Out Booth, Bakery, and Gift Shops also return in 2013. Master Card and Discover Card accepted. Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Church and Rutgers Stadium. Patrons wishing to order their food for take-out by email may do so by sending their orders to: Include a contact name and phone number with your order, and allow 10 minutes for pick up.

Each year, the parish of St. George, Piscataway, works together to host three days of “Greek Hospitality.” The primary purpose for the event 40 years ago was to provide the church an annual fundraiser and to share the Greek foods, culture, religion and traditions. The event is currently a staple in Piscataway Township and Middlesex County, and is one of the largest Greek Festivals in the state of New Jersey.

“Our church looks forward to hosting our event every year, we are proud to be Greek-Americans and we enjoy opening our doors to our guests,” said Festival Chair John Lyssikatos. “Having been the Festival Chairman for the past 15 years, I take great pride in seeing our parish come together for three days to donate their time and provide Greek hospitality that is second to none!”

When the Festival began in 1973, it hosted a few thousand visitors over the three-day weekend; today over 15,000 visitors attend this annual event. This Central Jersey tradition is known for its warm hospitality, enthusiastic volunteers and delicious homemade Greek food and pastries.

“Our Festival Committee takes pride year in and year out to provide the best Greek Festival atmosphere. On an annual basis we evaluate how we can make our festival better. This has been the secret to our success,” said Lyssikatos.

Proceeds from the 40th Annual Greek Festival assists St. George Church, Piscataway in continuing its cultural and community programming.

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