The food is simply so good at the Holy Trinity Greek Festival that chilly temps and a late bit of rain yesterday did not deter huge numbers of folks from stopping by to enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean on opening day. Every outdoor table was filled with diners who enjoyed a a glass of Greek wine and a taste of the Old Country with food that will be made fresh all week by hundreds of volunteers right at the church, with recipes that have been passed down for generations.
Ready-to-eat platters, Greek and domestic beer, plus several varieties of wine can be purchased in the youth activities area (over 21 wrist bands are issued at the entrance), and marinated meets are grilled to order in the main section of the festival, near the performance stage.
“We are always excited about the festival, whether it is opening night or any day of the week,” said George Rassias, parish council president and Festival co-chair. “It really is woven into the fabric of the entire Wilmington community.”
Rassias proudly notes that the demographic of the festival is 90% non-Greek, helping to make Wilmington’s Greek Festival one of the largest food festivals on the east coast. “While our festival has done a fantastic job to maintain true to its ethnic roots and our old world charm, we are happy so many outside of our church come here year after year to savor some of the best food of the summer.”
When the festival concludes at 11 pm on Saturday, June 10th, organizers will have sold upwards of 250 trays of pastichio (Greek lasagna), 250 trays of moussaka (eggplant, potato and seasoned beef casserole), 20,000 dolomites (stuffed grape leaves), and nearly 4,000 pounds of euro meat.