2018 Greek Festival June 1, 2 and 3

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2018 JUNE 1, 2 & 3

ST. BASIL GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, TROY, NY —  For the 24th year, the St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church members prepare feverishly for their annual Festival, an ethnic celebration of authentic Greek food, music and dance, starting on Friday, June 1 and ending on the 3rd, in Troy. 

The ‘Best Little Festival in Town’ is a culinary treat, first and foremost, and St. Basil members are particularly proud of the reputation they have earned as having the best food in the tri-city area!  Guests can sample homemade Greek dishes, such as souvlaki, moussaka, lamb with potatoes and pastichio. A number of ‘mezedes‘ (little tastes) and vegetarian dishes such as stuffed peppers and spinach pie (our famous spanakopita) can be followed by the famous ‘Never on Sunday‘ ice cream or sweets like baklava, kourabiedes and loukoumathes. TAKE-OUT available. 

The three-day family event is made possible by the volunteer efforts of the entire St. Basil community. A wonderful demonstration of traditions being passed down from old to young, it is not surprising to find three generations of family members combining efforts in the Church kitchen! 

Greeks love to eat, but also love to dance. The Youth of St. Basil, known for their appearances at The Festival of Nations, will perform folklore dances from regions of Greece while LIVE music will be provided by Prometheus Orch throughout the weekend.  A Greek Bazaar will feature breads, cookies, crafts, T-shirts, and jewelry. Families can relax in a beautiful setting right by the Hudson River, while children can roam between the Bouncy-Bounce and other games. Don’t miss the $10,000 Raffle! 

On its 85th year, St. Basil is not only a religious community, but also a cultural center for all the Greek immigrant families of Troy and the surrounding areas. 

Guests are welcome during Festival hours on Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 12-10 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Church Tours will be available during these times. 

St. Basil is located on 909 River St. (Rt. 4) at 101st St., north of downtown Troy.   

RAIN or SHINE!  Admission and parking are FREE.  

For more information and DIRECTIONS, check at www.stbasiltroy.org, or on facebook https://www.facebook.com/St.Basil.GreekFest.Troy.NY


Greek Food

Festival Food Preparation Schedule

Festival Committee

Folk music and dance is the essence of entertainment for the Greeks.  Think Zorba and syrtaki!  Music expresses the soul of a Greek, it’s essential to our being.  Sung to the unique sounds of the bouzouki, a mandolin-like instrument, Greek songs talk of love and betrayal, memories of a glorious past, battles and victories, about Byzantine empresses and common peasants, heroes and gods.  Passion, after all, is a main trait of every Greek!


Many women in the community start planning the event menu weeks before the festival.  It’s a tradition, and more than that, it’s a family tradition.  At any point during the week leading up to the Festival you can find three generations of the same family working together in the kitchen.  Passing down the traditions is an important part of our Festival!

You see, Greeks don’t cook just to eat.  Cooking is a ritual, a loving preparation of nourishment in order to please our family and guests.  And the food is delicious.  I mean, what would you expect from those who invented nectar and ambrosia?

Cooking is not just preparing a meal.  Greek women not only take great pride in their culinary skills but the ultimate joy would be to please their guests.  As you know, Greek hospitality is legendary!

It’s a great day for everybody.  Many people come for the food, of course, but next thing, you see them out there dancing. Old, young, Greek or not, it doesn’t matter, they dance and they eat and they drink.  It’s a great party!


Dancing for the youth is really a bridge to their honored past, a bonding experience between themselves and the rest of the Greeks of the world, an understanding of their culture through music and dance.