The Greek Festival, Tidewater’s oldest and largest ethnic festival, will include the traditional Greek cuisine, exciting Greek entertainment, arts and crafts, beautiful jewelry, tours of the Cathedral, and the very popular Drive-Thru. Bring the whole family as we share our Greek hospitality with all ages. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Cathedral’s Ministries as well as local community charities.
Our Annual Greek Festival is made possible by the combined efforts of many volunteers – just like you! The success of our festival depends on the support of all our parishioners. Please set aside some time to help your Cathedral during this major once-a-year fundraiser.Volunteer Registration
Make and taste a full-course meal using classic Greek recipes used during the Greek Festival. Choose from 2 sessions in 2016:
Classes run around 90 minutes, please arrive 15 minutes early. Participation is limited to 50 per class. $40 includes the class and the meal. Register by clicking the “Register Now” button below or by calling 635-8013 or 339-3296.
The Norfolk Greek Festival began as part of the 75th anniversary of the Annunciation Cathedral in 1986. Its origin dates back to the early 1950’s when the Hellenic Woman’s Club (a leading organization of the Annunciation Cathedral) began operating its weekend bazaar. The ladies of that organization spent endless hours selecting the most popular recipes for the delicious Greek foods and pastries that were served at the bazaar. Below are the men that had the vision to expand the “weekend bazaar” to the present Greek Festival of today.
He was the first Chairman in 1986 and he continued to chair it continuously for the first 15 years. As the leader, it was his job to suggest changes while others implemented but always took the blame if they didn't work. Presently, he is still very active in supporting the festival.
A major decision-maker and contributor of the festival. He worked closely together with Gus James making important decisions that significantly made the festival into a huge success. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 81
He gave the festival his expertise in advertising and in the public relations field. His agency, Arthur Polizos Associates was one of the regions largest and most successful firms. He died in 2005 at age 79.
He is a major contributor to the festival both financially and a visionary. He assisted with many decisions in ensuring the success of the festival. He is currently still involved, by taking the lead in cooking the tiropites and spanakopites.
Nick was a festival chairman for over 10 years and has been very instrumental in the daily operations of the festival. He still currently leads the way with hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of the festival.
Assisted with many functions of the festival offering his expertise from the restaurant business. Very involved in the front-lines of the festival and a great troubleshooter.
Along with his brother Spyro, Jerry ran the the festival kitchen and cooked many of the dishes, especially the meats and making the pastitsio and moussaka from scratch. He ensured the kitchen ran efficiently and smoothly for over 15 years. He passed away in 2014 at age 85.
Spyro assisted his brother Jerry in the festival kitchen making sure the food was of the top most quality. He spent many years assisting in the Loukoumades booth of the festival. He passed into God's Paradise at age 89 on January 2016.