A celebration of Greek food, wine, culture gets underway in Cherry Hill

Mark Abrams
October 10, 2019 - 4:00 am
Women baking as they get ready for the Greek Agora Festival in Cherry Hill.

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — It's billed as the largest celebration of Greek food, wine and culture in the Delaware Valley, and it starts Thursday in Cherry Hill and runs through Sunday.

George Horiates, one of the organizers of the Greek Agora Festival, said St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill is the place to be.

"A slice of Greece that you don't experience ordinarily here in Cherry Hill," he said. "And it's a food festival but it's really a cultural festival for everybody to partake in and have some fun."

Horiates said the variety of food will satisfy any appetite.

"Pastisio, moussaka, spanakopita, tiropita, taramosalata, dolmades, the whole nine yards, it's all here for you, roast leg of lamb," he said.

There are deserts like baklava, Greek cookies and cakes and sweet pastries made by church volunteers.

"It's kind of an art form for them to make the Greek sweets, something that's been passed down from generation to generation," he said. 

There will also be music and dance.

"The stage is set for the Greek moosiki bands to be playing their songs and we have a Greek dance group that will be performing throughout all four days of the festival," he said.

"St. Thomas, itself, has one of the largest, in fact the largest collection of Byzantine iconography," he said, adding that there will also be tours of the church.

Horiates insisted Agora, which means market or gathering place, is a celebration to be shared by all.

"Come and enjoy a day with us at Greek Agora under our taverna tent and enjoy the sounds and tastes of Greece. Opa!"