Today I attended the Newport News Greek Festival, located at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Newport News, Virginia. This was my first time going in years and it would be a lie to say the food wasn’t some of the most delicious stuff I have ever put in my mouth. I’m quite inexperienced when it comes to the Greek cuisine, but this festival certainly showed me how much I love Greek food, especially the desserts.
Although there are sporadic performances (see website for times), Church tours, and plenty of vendors, the main attraction is the large variety of Greek and Mediterranean food. I tried the Grecian fries, Spanakopita, Eknek (dessert), and Loukoumades (dessert snack).
Here is the website’s description of the items:
- Grecian Fries
- Spanakopita: Tasty blend of spinach and feta cheese baked in filo pastry sheets
- Eknek: Kataifi and vanilla custard topped w/whipped cream, sliced almonds, and a cherry
- Loukoumades: Greek honey puffs
The many vendors are all located inside the community center. There were clothes, Fabergé eggs, furniture, jewelry, stationery, and much, much more. Unfortunately, many of the items for sale were quite expensive, but I ended up buying two unique pairs of earrings for a total of just $20: you can find a picture of the designer’s business card below.
Before I left the festival, I was able to go inside the actual church. I think I enjoyed visiting the Church just as much as I enjoyed eating the food, but no matter how hard I try, I cannot put into words how it looked because it is far more beautiful in person than in any photos online. Nevertheless, here are some photos I took-I hope they can at least provide an idea of how gorgeous it is! Six thousand pieces of mosaic were used to make some of the decorations inside!
Overall, the Newport News Greek Festival was a great experience-the food was delicious, the staff was friendly, and everything is beautifully displayed. I highly recommend paying a visit if you’re in the area. If you don’t have much time but you’re interested in the food, there is even a drive-through for your convenience.