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Church holding Greek Festival
Food, fun highlight event on Oct. 17-18
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Dancers from the group Eleftheria perform at last year's Greek Fest. - photo by Emily Saunders
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Anyone who hasn’t been to a traditional Greek Festival should mark their calendars for Oct. 17 and 18 at Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church.

Located on Bethelview Road, the church has grown from 35 families to more than 100 in six years. They welcome visitors and hope people will come celebrate Greek culture.

The festival is a combination of authentic Greek cuisine, live music and dancing, as well as displays of art and jewelry.

South Forsyth resident Gigi Ray knows a thing or two about Greek heritage.

“All of my great-grandparents were from Greece and my grandmother was born here in the United States right after her parents arrived,” Ray said. “I grew up in a very traditional Greek home and am really excited for people to come see what we are all about.”

Ray is in charge of hospitality for the festival.

“Think about it like coming to have an authentic Greek meal with a big, happy Greek family,” she said.

Festival-goers will find various booths showcasing art, ceramics, jewelry and even Mediterranean cosmetics.

The menu will feature a variety of traditional fare, from gyros and spanakopita to domathes, souvlaki and tiropita. The food is prepared fresh daily during the festival.

Desserts include baklava, kourambiethes and melomakarona, among other delicacies.

Most of the desserts are prepared by women from the church, with some help from members of the Cathedral on Clairmont Avenue in Decatur.

“The prices are very reasonable too,” Ray said. “You really get a lot for your money. Plus, you get the experience of tasting delicious Greek food.”

Ray said the festival is a fun way for the church to reach out to the community.

“There are a lot of myths out there about the Greek Orthodox Church,” she said. “But our mission statement says it best: ‘Our mission as a Greek Orthodox Church is to serve God and neighbor, strengthen the family and reach out to the community.’”