It seems like the entire area is wearing their blue and white Greek Flag stickers marking their support for the area. This is the 21st Annual Greek Festival. This year it is a 4-day event beginning on Thursday, September 27 and goes through Sunday, September 30th. Thursday the festival will be open from 11 AM – 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM and Sunday from Noon until 7:00 PM.
The festival is held at the St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church Grounds at the Fellowship Hall and outside areas. Located at 3301 33rd Avenue Ext. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Upon entering the festival you are greeted with amazing smells that immediately drive you to getting something to eat. The food is outstanding ranging from Gyros, Roasted Lamb, Greek Salad, Spanikopita and Mousaka. If you ask anyone that has attended previous years what they look forward to the most, they will answer the amazing food. You can even get it to go if you want to take some extra home with you. To wash down the food, there is water, soda products Beer and Greek wines available to purchase.
The food is mostly set-up in the fellowship hall with plenty of space to sit and enjoy. There are also vendors outside in the tent area. Along with the food, there will be a coffee shop, gift shop and many vendor booths offering arts and crafts for you to purchase.
Families can enjoy the Kids Corner with inflatables for the kids. The live Greek entertainment is set-up nearby so the parents can enjoy the music while the kids jump and slide.
Now to the most important part of the festival to many, the Greek desserts. It seems like these are the best around. There is an area set-up with all of the desserts for you to order as many as you like. Eat them right at the festival or take a box home. Make sure to try them all and see which one is your favorite.
If you are interested in learning about the Greek Church and their history, you can do this while attending the festival. They offer tours of the church and have lectures about their iconography and Orthodox Faith at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM daily.
What a great event and you don’t want to miss out this year. Make sure to add it to your things to do and plan on bringing home some fantastic food and desserts.
Don’t worry if the parking lot at the church and hall are filled, you can park right down the street off 29th Avenue at Captain George’s Restaurant. They are offering a free shuttle services the restaurant parking lot to the Greek Festival in Myrtle Beach and then of course back to your vehicle.
Plan to enjoy the cuisine and culture the Greek way … O-PA!!
For more information on the festival, contact: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church (843) 448-3773 Monday through Friday, 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM