Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church: Washington D.C.’s Largest and Oldest Greek Festival | Community Spirit
SAINTS CONSTANTINE & HELEN
GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
Washington D.C.’s Largest and Oldest Greek Festival
Celebrates 51st Anniversary in Sept.
The Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church festival celebrates their 51st annual festival, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16, 17 and 18, 2011, from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday (rain or shine). The largest and oldest DC Greek Festival is located at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of 16th and Upshur streets in Washington, D.C. Admission is FREE.
The Ladies’ Society of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, the Philoptochos, has baked, kneaded, cooked, and fried over 2500 pieces of spanakopita, 4500 pieces of baklava and 3000 pieces of diples for more than 50 years and are expecting approximately 5000 attendees to fill the more than three-acre festival area.
The festival is open to the public with FREE admission, FREE parking and covered eating areas. Credit cards are accepted for food or marketplace items. Costs of a la carte and dinner entrees range from $2 to $13.
Since 1960, the Ladies’ Society has prepared their authentic Greek fare in two small church kitchens at the festival, using recipes passed down from generation to generation and producing a menu of Greek favorites like, Mousaka, Pastichio, Manestra, Spanakopita, Tyropita, Dolmades, as well as succulent Greek pastries such as, Baklava, Diples and Kataifi.
In addition to Greek food, the festival features authentic Greek coffees, beers, wines, and live Greek music, as well as a Greek Marketplace offering books, jewelry and trinkets.
Attributed to Father Nicholas Manousakis, pastor of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, (www.stsconstantine-helen.com):
We’re grateful and fortunate to be able to host this festival for more than 50 years with the support and patronage of our DC community.
Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church is located at 4115 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C at the corners of 16th and Upshur Streets. The first three-day festival began in 1960. The festival had originated as a small one-day bazaar in the late 1940s, which later developed into the largest Greek festival featured today in Washington, DC. The 93-year old church was started by a small group of Greek immigrants in 1918 at 6th and C streets, NW, in Washington, D.C., headed up by Fathers Menides and Metaxopoulos with a small congregation of 100. The 16th and Upshur location was acquired in 1954 to fulfill the growing numbers of parishioners currently at over 1400 members. For information about the 2011 Greek Festival, please call the parish office at 202-829-2910 or visit the web site at www.schgoc.org.