The Greek Food Festival started in the Summit Park area of Clarksburg 13 years ago. While the name suggests it's all about the food, it's also a homecoming and brings families together.
"We're small in number but they love the parish so they come and help. They come from North Carolina, last year we had people from California come, seriously we had people from California come and help us. We love them and they’re all family,” explained Steve Sellas, the chairman of the festival.
Angelo Koukoulis agreed with Sellas that family is a big part of the festival
"It's really good to see them. We have some people that come from Charleston, from Weirton, from Parkersburg and it's really great to see everybody. It's like homecoming for us,” Koukoulis said.
The festival started 13 years ago as a way for people to learn about the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek community in the area.
Koukoulis was one of the original organizers of the festival.
"I had to figure out how much to make of what food we were going to cook. I estimated we would have somewhere between 1300 and 1400 people. I missed it by 60 the first year,” explained Koukoulis.
Koukoulis said the festival has grown every year since the first one.
Organizers said it's the traditional Greek food that brings everyone in.
"We have a pastitsio which is like lasagna, we have moussaka which is eggplant casserole, and lamb, Greeks are known for their lamb,” Sellas explained.
If you go, you better save room for desserts like Baklava and Kataifi.
All of the proceeds go to the church, which uses the money to help with building maintenance and to support various charities.
The festival will run Saturday, June 7 as well. Food is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church is located on Factory Street in Summit Park.