The late 19th and early 20th century saw a large number of Greek immigrants coming to the U.S., leading to the establishment of Greek communities in many New Jersey cities. Many of those communities remain, while smaller pockets of Greek-Americans are found throughout the Garden State. These groups celebrate their heritage during several Greek food festivals held every year in urban, suburban and rural areas.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church hosts a Greek food festival each May. The church is located in Hamilton, just outside of Trenton. There is a small admission charge for the festival and an additional cost for meals. Takeout orders are available.
Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church in Holmdel hosts an annual festival in June. The Thursday-through-Sunday festival includes music, dancing, amusement rides and, of course, a wide variety of Greek foods.
Hudson County's Evangelismos Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church hosts an annual Greek Food Festival in Jersey City in September. The two-day festival features a disc jockey and low-priced Greek dishes.
The St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church hosts an annual Greek festival at Razberry's Banquet Center along Route 12 in rural Kingwood Township in May. In addition to a variety of Greek food, the festival includes cooking demonstrations, cultural music, dancing and living history demonstrations.
Free admission and takeout orders are some of the highlights of the annual Greek festival held in Paramus each May by the St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church. The festival runs four full days.
The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church hosts a Greek celebration called the Festival by the Bay in Perth Amboy each June. The festival runs three days and has a small admission charge for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Piscataway's St. George Greek Orthodox Church hosts a festival each May. The festival runs three days, and has a small admission charge with an additional charge for food. The church accepts takeout orders via email.
Randolph is home to the Big Greek Festival hosted by St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church. The three-day festival is held each May and, in addition to food, includes live music, an outdoor taverna, traditional dancing, a marketplace and a kids corner.
The St. Demetrios Greek Festival is held in Union each September. The four-day festival includes food, games, dancing, entertainment and boutique shopping. Admission to the festival is free, with a small donation requested for parking.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Westfield hosts a Greek festival in June. The three-day festival has a small admission charge and an additional charge for any food.
- St. George Greek Orthodox Church: Welcome
- Kimissis Tis Theotokou
- St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church: Greek Festival
- St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church
- St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
- St. George Greek Orthodox Church: Festival
- BigGreekFestival.com: Greek Festival
- Saint Demetrios: Festival
- NJGreekFest.com: Greek Fest 2011
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