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All things Greek on display at Durham festival

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - If you are looking for a big fat Greek festival - you need to look no further than Durham this weekend.  

There's a lot of work that goes into the preparation for Saint Barbara's Greek Festival.  

Demi Vlachos has been a volunteer for over 20 years.

"The quantities of food that we have to serve, all the tents and tables that we have to reserve to feed 5,000 people this weekend, it starts months ahead of time."

The festival began in 1991 when the church, located on Watts street in Durham, was in need of a place to grow.  

Festival chairman Johnny Mariakakis says, "we needed money, and obviously Greeks are good for selling food and cooking good food.  So, we knew the stepping stone to build a new church was the Greek Festival." 

The event promotes all things Greek but it's the food that is the star.

Markasis can give you a long list of the tasty food including, "of course our souvlaki and our gyros. Everybody loves our gyros, even the kids; and we make it all from scratch and they keep coming back again and again."
Come this weekend on May 5 and 6, the entire court yard next to the church will be full of folks not only enjoying Greek drink and food, but also music and dancing...oopa.

"People come for the fabulous food, but stay for the fun, the dancing, the bouzouki music, the children's play area; it's a blast, you just have to be here to experience it." says Vlachos.

Even with all the food and fun, the church never forgets its mission as portions of the proceeds from sales will go to the Durham Rescue Mission.

"It's tugging at our heart, and we feel like it's a way we can extend our charity not only for our building, but also for the Durham Rescue Mission. The people there, they really need our help," Mariakakis said. 

The Greek Festival is rain or shine.  

Entrance is free and the hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.  

Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church is located at 8306 NC Highway 751; that’s south of I-40 in southern Durham.

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