DEWITT, N.Y. (NCC News) — St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Greek cultural festival began today. This is the second year the church is hosting a drive-thru food fest.
“We started planning the drive-thru earlier this year and with the pandemic and not knowing what the restrictions were, we just figured this would be the safest way to do it for this year, at least,” church member Sophia Mestos said. “And we’re just thrilled to be able to be together again.”
New this year, pre-orders can be placed online for express curbside pickup. This is the 48th annual Greek cultural festival.
“It’s growing tremendous year after year.,” Spirithula Kostakis, a 50-year member of the church, said. It’s always hard to calculate how much we have to prepare. A lot of things sell out.”
This year the menu has been expanded to include items like spanakopita and tiropita. According to Mestos, the most popular items are always the gyros, loukoumades, and baklava.
“It’s a huge tradition for all of us in Syracuse and even for non-Greeks in Syracuse.” Mestos said. “They love it year after year. So we’re always happy to have that.”
The church’s address is 325 Waring Rd., and the entrance for the drive-thru is on Tecumseh Road. The festival began Thursday and will continue through this weekend. For hours and more information, see its website.