Belief Briefs: Durham Greek Festival this weekend at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church hosts its annual Durham Greek Festival in June.
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church hosts its annual Durham Greek Festival in June. The Herald-Sun file photo

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church will host its annual Durham Greek Festival this weekend at the Byzantine-style church.

The festival of Greek culture, music, food and dance will be held on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine at St. Barbara, 8306 NC 751. Festival food includes gyro and pita wraps, pork souvlaki, spanakopita and pastitsio. There will also be be lamb roasted on a spit and traditional Greek desserts like baklava, galactoboureko, kourambiedes and loukoumades. There will be Greek music throughout the festival and scheduled folkdance performances.

The bouzouki band Opa! will perform and there will be cultural exhibits, video travelogues of Greece, Byzantine iconography demonstrations and tours of the church, which was built in the Byzantine style. New this year is a Silent Art Auction featuring fine art, ceramics and collectibles. Also on site will be a market and grocery.

At the Durham Greek Festival in June 2015, Demi Vlachos told The Herald-Sun they were blessed by great weather and crowds. People come to expect the festival every year, Vlachos said.

“We must be doing something right. People like a good time and a good feeling. I think people get that — and good food — here,” she said. “People share in our food, traditions and culture.”

Admission is free. A portion of festival proceeds will benefit the Durham Rescue Mission. For more information, visit, email or call 919-484-1600.

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Bethany UMC starts Little Free Pantry

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Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919-419-6563, @dawnbvaughan