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St. Basil Greek Festival
For the 25th year, the St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church members prepare feverishly for their annual Festival, a celebration of authentic Greek food, music, and dance, starting on Friday, May 31 and ending on Sunday, June 2, 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 Greek food in the tri-city area. Guests can sample homemade dishes, such as souvlaki, moussaka, lamb with potatoes, and pastitsio. A number of ‘mezedes’ (little tastes) and vegetarian dishes such as stuffed peppers and spinach pie can be followed by the famous ‘Never on Sunday’ ice cream or sweets like baklava, kourabiedes, and loukoumathes. TAKE-OUT is 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 performances 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 while families can relax in a beautiful setting right by the Hudson River. Don’t miss the $10,000 RAFFLE!
On its 87th 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.