Annual Greek Food Festival in Oakmont is a labor of love for volunteers
Preparing food for thousands and entertaining guests at the annual Greek Food Festival in Oakmont is a labor of love and a way of passing down traditions for Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church volunteers.
“We have a nice team that pitches in,” said pastry coordinator Joanne Cope. “We start baking in March. It’s a social thing, too.”
The 44th annual festival, which serves as a fundraiser for the church, took place June 22-24 along Washington Avenue.
Festival chairman Andy Gavrilos said organizers expected this year to be the best yet as far as attendance and food serving. He estimated 15,000 or more people stopped by over the three days during which more than 30,000 menu items were served.
Gavrilos said money generated from the festival “certainly helps fund a good number of the programs we have for the youth beyond traditional expenses.”
Along with food, people enjoyed performances by the Grecian Odyssey Dancers and observed religious items on display from the Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery.
Planning will soon be under way for next year’s event. Volunteers will regroup in July to review what went well and what could be improved for next year.