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It is that time again when the Orlando Greek Festival holds their annual event. This year it will be held on November 1-3, 2019, at which is located in Maitland. Fun for the whole family! Come out and enjoy some authentic Greek foods, dancing, live music, church tours, iconography presentations, and much, much more! This is a family friendly event. Come out rain or shine to this event.
It is only a quick drive east on I-4 from Downtown Orlando to Maitland. Check your GPS for the best route. The church is located at 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland, Florida 32751. There is a fee for parking your vehicle on the church property. When the church parking lot filled up all others will be directed to the business parking lot just a few blocks away. There will be a shuttle picking up and dropping from to and from this event. The bus driver’s kindly ask for a tip and or donation.
Upon arriving at the front door of this church, there is an admission charge of $3 for adults and children over 12 years of age. There is free admission for children under 12 years of age. Bring a canned food item for the Ephrain Project and receive $1 off the price of admission. Plus, there is free admission for any active military with military ID. There is much to see and do at this year’s Greek Festival. One does not have to be Greek to enjoy this festival. This event helps raise money for this church for operational expenses.
Church tours will be available too. A church member will escort attendees around. This is the only Greek Orthodox Church in Metro Orlando. While on tour some will see beautiful gold leaf artwork in the Sanctuary and much more. Here is some brief history about this church. On December 2, 1929 the Greek Orthodox Society, Holy Trinity, was incorporated. In 1962, property was acquired on West Concord Street in downtown Orlando and in 1963 the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America issued an Ecclesiastical Charter and assigned a full time priest. The current location of Holy Trinity was purchased in 1980 and services were held in the Chris Carlos Cultural Center in 1987. September 8, 1990 the first services were held in the new Holy Trinity Church and on August 17, Holy Trinity broke ground on a new cultural center, which marked another major milestone in the life of our parish. On June 16, 2013, Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta consecrated the sanctuary. Currently, there are over close to 500 steward families who are members of this church.
Since its inception our parish has grown significantly. It continues to strive to bear more effective witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as expressed in the apostolic tradition and worship of the Greek Orthodox Church. We invite you to also participate in this witness by joining the worship and fellowship of our parish.
Don’t forget to bring some cash and credit card. Lady’s will love the imported Greek products and goods. They have everything from Greek pastries to Greek Cheeses, and everything else in between. Some of these products are hard to find in Central Florida, but they have it at this festival. Prices will vary depending on the product.
Underneath the large covered area one will find great entertainment. For a schedule of events please check the festival website. What visitors will see are dance performances all weekend by the members of Holy Trinity Hellenic Dance Program. Music will be provided by A Night In Athens. Plus, there will be various bands performing.
Who are A Night In Athens band? Trivelas Music also promotes the music of George Antonopoulos, a bouzouki virtuoso & entertainer extraordinaire. George is from Pireas Greece and has performed through-out Europe, Canada, the USA & parts of Central America (aka “the greek Elvis” in the midwest). Coming from a family of talented musicians, George performed as a bouzouksis with Holiday In Greece, Makis Christodoulopoulos, and in many of the clubs in Montreal, Chicago, Detroit, New York & Los Angeles.
The result of this collaboration is a trio called “A Night In Athens” show-casing the raw high energy talent of George Antonopoulos that mesmerizes audiences from the first note to the last. The music is as authentic and gutsy. The atmosphere is charged. George’s exhilieration is infectious. Joanna adds her voice to George’s and Nick’s rounding out the trio, as they perform the current Tsiftetelia, Zebekika, and Syrta; the well known Dimotika, (Kalamatiana, Tsamika, Nisiotika); and Rebetica.
One can’t go away hungry. There are plenty of Greek food options to eat. Prices will very depending on food item. Authentic Greek food is prepared fresh from the Church’s kitchen on-site. Here is a sampling of the food menu. Made to order Greek Salad, Tiropita, Dolmades, Gyro Sandwich, Soulaki, Pastitsio, Mousaka, and much more. Plus, Greek beverages including Lemonade and Orange drinks.
Most people attend this event in the early evening when it is most pack. It is recommended to arrive early for the best parking and entertainment seating available. Come relax and enjoy this event. For more information on this event please visit www.orlandogreekfest.com .
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