Get yourselves to the Greek Festival in Cardiff Sept. 12-13

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church welcomes the San Diego community to experience Hellenic cuisine, entertainment and hospitality during the 37th annual Cardiff Greek Festival on Sept. 12-13. The parish will donate 10 percent of festival profits to support building the St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center.

For a $3 admission (children under 12 are free), festival attendees will be transported into a quaint Greek village, serenaded by live entertainers across three stages, including renowned Southern California Greek band 4 Greeks LA. The parish’s youngest members — ages 5 through high school — will perform folk dances in traditional costumes.

Delicacies will be available, such as souvlaki (shish kabobs), loukaniko (sausage), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and gyros. Vegetarian fare includes tiropitas (cheese triangles in filo) and spanakopita (spinach pie). The Kafenio (café) boasts mouth-watering desserts and coffee.

An open marketplace will typify a traditional bazaar. The Rev. Father Michael Sitaras, pastor of Saints Constantine and Helen, will host tours of the church. A Fun Zone with games, crafts, and miniature golf will ensure children enjoy their time as much as the adults. A photo booth will help preserve the experience, and a chance to win a 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA will keep the festival’s excitement going until the very end.

“This year, we are blessed to not only share our culture with the San Diego community, but also extend our support to provide a place of worship and peaceful reflection at the site of the horrific tragedy,” said Father Sitaras.

The Saint Nicholas National Shrine is being erected at ground zero, replacing the small Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed Sept. 11, 2001 when the South Tower fell. The shrine will welcome people of all faiths to visit while touring the 9/11 Memorial and the Memorial Museum.

The Cardiff Greek Festival will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 on the grounds of Saints Constantine and Helen, 3459 Manchester Ave. The church is a half-mile east of I-5 at the Manchester exit in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Free parking is available at adjacent MiraCosta College. Visit www.cardiffgreekfest.com.

More information on the Saint Nicholas National Shrine is available at https://www.stnicholaswtc.org/. See a video depicting the reconstruction of the shrine at https://youtu.be/hNAk9NGUu2E.


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