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Greek Fest returns to St. John’s

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Next weekend, Sept. 23 through 25, marks the return of the St. John’s Greek Festival. The event has been a mainstay, annual event in Blue Point for over 40 years. After a brief drive-through attempt during the pandemic, the festival went on a year hiatus, but is now back with some of the best Greek food on Long Island.

In addition to gyros, spanakopita, moussaka, pastitsio, Greek salad, and an entire leg of lamb, the women’s organization will be using home-made family baking recipes, including everyone’s favorite baklava as well as galaktoboureko. There will also be baklava cheesecake and iced Greek frappe coffee. Another crowd favorite is their famous loukoumades, a hot, fresh fried-dough pastry topped with honey syrup. Beer and wine are also available.

The church itself was founded in Blue Point in 1953; they will be celebrating 70 years in service. The naming of the church took place on Oct. 4, 1953, at a huge celebration attended by over 300 people. It was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. 

Fr. Dean Panagos and dozens of volunteer church members put in a lot of work over the three days. This year, specifically, they are fundraising to restore the church’s cultural center.

“We are excited to be back this year with St. John’s Festival and to give the community a taste of the best in Greek food, fun, and Greek culture,” said Panagos. “Our women’s organization works for weeks preparing delicious home-made pastries from family recipes and we have a variety of traditional Greek dishes that everyone in the family will find something to love.”

The gyros, he said, are a fan favorite, and people come from all over to get them.

“The festival is in its 40th year, and we are grateful to the army of our volunteers that help make it happen, the support we receive from the area Greek diners, restaurants and businesses, and to everyone who comes,” he added. “The proceeds from the festival help support the church and our philanthropic work in the broader community.”

In addition to the food and dessert, there will be live Greek music and several vendors showcasing clothing, jewelry, and Greek items. You can also win up to $10,000 when you purchase a St. John’s mega raffle ticket—only 500 tickets will be sold and multiple prizes awarded!

The event takes place with free admission on the  grounds of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 77 Montauk Highway, Blue Point. For more information call 631-363-6450 or email bluepointgreekfest@gmail.com.

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