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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Dale Gerhard

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — For more than three decades, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church has brought a taste of Greece to the region through its annual Greek Festival, and this year will be no different.

The festival, in its 34th year, offers area residents a taste of the Mediterranean life without having to leave Atlantic County. The event kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday at the church, located at Mill Road and Ridge Avenue. On Thursday and Friday, the event runs from 5 to 10 p.m., while on Saturday it runs from noon to 11 p.m. and on Sunday it runs from noon to 10 p.m.

Church pastor the Rev. George Liacopulos said he believes the fair’s neighborly atmosphere makes it a must-attend each year.

“I think the food is a big attraction, too. People genuinely enjoy the food, but there’s something about camaraderie and the small-town atmosphere where you get to bump into neighbors you don’t see very often,” he said. “It’s like a big reunion, and that is probably what I love most about it.”

One dollar buys admission to the festival, which offers activities celebrating Greek culture. In addition to music and dance, the festival offers family-friendly rides and a carnival midway. For additional bang for your buck, stop by the festival Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. or Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. for an $18 all-you-can-ride pass.

The festival’s popular gyro stand is back, offering the Greek staple of lamb, beef or chicken wrapped in pita bread with tomatoes, onions and special sauce for about $8. Gyro, lamb, shish kebab and combo platters, which include rice, salad and bread, can be had at the Taverna. The menu also includes Greek pastries, an American grill and more.

On Thursday and Sunday, starting at 9:30 p.m., the festival will launch a fireworks display.

Contact: 609-272-7046

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