Annual Greek Festival Returns Next Weekend

OCEAN CITY — The 24th Annual Greek Festival, where everyone is considered Greek, will be held on July 12-14 at Ocean City’s Roland Powell Convention Center on 41th Street and Coastal Highway.

Whether reliving Greek vacation memories or dreaming of a Greek adventure, this premier cultural event draws thousands of locals and visitors alike to enjoy the flavors, sights and sounds of Greece right here in Ocean City.

As always, this year’s festival promises Greek delicacies for everyone’s palette.

Sumptuous, traditional Greek entrees expertly prepared include Pastitsio, Lemon Chicken, Moussaka, Lamb Shank, Spanakopita and/or Tiropita (spinach and/or cheese pie), Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), and much more. Parents, no worries picky little eaters love the top selling and reasonably priced gyros.

Members of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Ladies Philoptochos booth is where all the delicious pastries, including, the all-time favorite Baklava can be found. Festival goers, “in the know” stock their freezers. All menu items are served daily beginning at noon and are available for eat-in or carry-out for a beach picnic.

Come early and enjoy a leisurely lunch and then plan to shop at the many unique vendor booths for jewelry, art, music, clothing, imports, and more.

Get ready to rock the house, Greek style, to the sounds of the live Greek Band, Golden Flame, after 5 p.m., nightly.  Not quite so daring? While dining, just sit back, relax, enjoy the music and be dazzled by the live Greek folk dance floor show.

Feeling lucky? Take a chance on what organizers call the “best ddds in town’ raffle, which gives you a 1:100 chance to win $5,000, enough for your own Greek Island vacation.

The festival hours on Friday and Saturday are noon to 11 p.m. and on Sunday are noon until 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon till 4 p.m. admission is free, after 4 p.m., admission is $3/person, age 14 and older, under 14 free when accompanied by an adult.

Parking is free and the spacious, air-conditioned hall is handicap accessible. ATM availability major credit cards are accepted inside festival.

For more call 410-524-0990 or email

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.