It just wouldn't be June around here if there were no Grecian Food Festival.
And my nose and stomach would suffer considerably minus the smells and tastes this event affords. I can't cook or spell the dishes and delights they have, and that suits me just fine. My only job is to enjoy them all like so many other visitors who patronize the four-day event.
The 26th-annual Grecian Food Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is history now, and that section of South Fourth Street transformed into an area to sit, sup and socialize is back to normal.
Plenty of reasons to satisfy an appetite
I didn't make it down to the festival until the last day, and I'm already promising myself that next year come festival time, I plan to go down closer to evening time to sit and watch some of the entertainment.
One conversation I especially enjoyed was with Vasso Espinosa, who makes the trip annually from Texas, dons different Grecian outfits daily and welcomes guests to the fellowship hall. She told me her outfits are reflective of different regions. Her purple outfit last Friday, for example, was representative of the mainland of Greece.
Vasso said the festival brings the community together and is like a big family reunion.
And she mentioned what I thought was an interesting tidbit about the festival - that there were 357 dozen eggs used in the food. That's 4,284 eggs. Wow!
The Rev. Nick Halkias was busy giving tours of the church and what a magnificent church it is - absolutely beautiful.
Hats off to the church for another fine festival.