WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem Greek Festival returned in a modified, coronavirus-friendly fashion.
The four-day event was held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and event organizers created a hands-free, drive-thru experience. The event has taken place in Winston-Salem for more than six decades.
Co-chairman of Winston-Salem Greek Festival Johnny Kortesis said it is important that the extended Winston-Salem community has the opportunity to try traditional Greek meals and pastries.
“Culture is important, and our religion is important, you know, that’s one of the things we pass down to our kid that we are very faithful Christians and we try to pass those traits down to our kids. So this is one of the ways we allow Winston-Salem to sample some of our culture,” Kortesis said.
The event served everything from lamb gyro plates to Greek salads and baklava boxes.
During the height of the pandemic, the church canceled its event last May and held a one-day Greek Fest Express in November.
Next year, organizers plan on going back to doing the festival like they used to, with live music and dancing.
“Unfortunately, it’s not a regular festival where they can come visit the sanctuary, but hopefully next year we will be able to do that,” Kortesis said.