Tucked away in a western corner of Morris County, New Jersey, one might find it hard to believe just how many people will find out about and then travel to enjoy and share the Big Greek Festival experience. Yet, thousands converge, as they will definitely repeat this year, marking the 45th year celebrating all things characteristic of a Greek community gathering.
Visitors attending the event for the first time are often surprised by the mix of sights, sounds and delicious scents that greet them before they’ve even crossed the threshold. Some of the tantalizing smells can be attributed to an outdoor seating area in the under-the-tent taverna with adjacent hot grills laden with sizzling, seasoned souvlaki. The menu selection is the perfect accompaniment to the bar selection, especially with last year’s introduction of the exclusive Big Greek Festival drink, the “Blue Greek,” using Ouzo as its base.
On each of three days, there is a variety of activities suitable to entertain all ages. On Friday, June 5, from 11 am to 2 pm, the Big Greek Festival organizers have arranged a lunchtime take-out or eat-in menu, while at 5 pm the festival will reopen its doors for dinner and evening events that will end around 11:30 pm. On Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, the festival will be open from 12 pm to 11 pm and from 12 pm to 8 pm, respectively.
The Greek community gathering will offer visitors hot off the grill traditional dishes, homemade desserts and delicacies, available to be enjoyed on site and taken home, live Greek music, featuring Greek folk dancing, traditional Greek wines and liquors, and a family friendly area for younger children.
One of the must-do items on the agenda is a tour of the Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox church, which details the unique features of the facility, home to stunning artistry, hand crafted by formally trained artisans.