Philadelphia, PA – Fresh, hot, sticky and sweet. The aromas of traditional Greek sweets fill the air. If your daydreaming about Greek food, then visit the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Olde City. It’s where Greece come to life, brought to you by real Greek parishioners.
The giant white tent filled the church parking lot again this year. Underneath it for three straight days, the hardest working and church loving Greeks in Philly joined up to support their church and celebrate their culture. In one of the warmest setting in the city, all your favorite Greek foods were available. Greek sweets like baklava, galaktoboureko, and kataifi were all in a row. The problem? How many and which ones to sample.
The affair caters primarily to the hospital next door and the surrounding neighborhood where Greeks first settled at the turn of the century. But they also came from around the Delaware Valley and over the bridge in New Jersey. Many were drawn to the historic church because of their families connection to “Greektown too.” It was a return to the mother church to see old friends and share at the moment.
What makes this festival special, has got to be the parishioners. Most of them are no longer in the area. They live outside the city and drive in only on occasions like this. Their love of this church is evident. They come and serve with zest. The festival continues through today. Starting at noon, they will be serving through 9:00 pm tonight.
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
256 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA