Scaled-down Williamsburg Greek Festival opens Friday

Posted at 8:32 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 12:33:05-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The look of the 2020 Williamsburg Greek Festival will be a lot different than years past.

As a precaution due to COVID-19, the festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church won't have the usual dancing, music and vendors; only food served in a drive-thru around the church.

"Unfortunately, this year, there will be some things lacking. The food will be just as good as always and hopefully next year things will be a little different," said Robert Marakos, an organizer.

On the menu will be favorites like moussaka, spanakopita and baklava. Festival volunteers will wear masks and practice social distancing using iPads to take orders and trays to hand out food.

The church also added online ordering to help keep traffic moving.

Marakos tells News 3 he still hopes to see some of the familiar faces that have come out to past festivals.

“Greeks are very hospitable. We love to share our culture, we love to share our religion and our food, everything about it," he said.

As always, proceeds from festival sales will go to keeping up the church. Marakos says around 6,000 meals were served last year, amounting to a large chunk of the church's yearly budget.

The Williamsburg Greek Festival starts at 11 a.m. Friday, October 9 and runs through October 10. It's located at 4900 Mooretown Road.