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Greek Festival celebrates culture, community

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- “Opa!” is an exclamation of excitement and celebration; lots of which are going on this weekend at the 20th annual Greek Festival.

Each year, thousands of people show up to soak in the food and fun. The festival is put on by Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, and proceeds go back to the church and other local charities. Visitors enjoy authentic food, music, dancing and shopping. Organizers say there's just something special about the Greek culture.

"The music and our cultural dances, that's the big thing. And our food,” festival co-chair Nick Saffo said. “Our food is wonderful here. We've got all the different dishes, Greek chickens, Moussaka, Pastitsio. We've got samplers; we've got pastries. That's the big thing, our food."

For folks who can't stick around and enjoy the festival, they can drive through and still get a taste of the culture. The drive through is a new addition to the Festival.

You can catch all the fun at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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My family went to the Greek Festival Sunday afternoon and they were almost out of food. There were only 3 or 4 kinds to choose from and no pastries left as far as I could tell. We were very disappointed. Also, the music was so extremely loud we couldn't hear ourselves talk !! I think almost everyone felt the same way because there were plenty of empty seats close to the stage area because no one could tolerate it. Maybe it was better on Friday and Saturday, but we were very disappointed.After this many years having the festival, it seems the organizers would better be able to calculate what would be needed and how much of it.

Great but we stopped going

the festival has always been incredible! We stopped going though because for 4 kids and 2 adults no alcohol is was close to &0 to eat lunch... No kid meals of pricing were the only reason we stopped going..Save where we can, but for two adults its an incredible deal and GOOD food!!

I'll have an order of Souvlaki and fries

with that drive through please.