July 30, 2002
By holding this festival annually for many years, the Greek community in North County have constructed their beautiful church, the interior of which is open to visitors during the festival, and they have also erected a home for the aged in their midst on their spacious grounds located adjacent to Mira Costa College, the parking lot of which offers free parking to their neighbors that weekend, and to the San Elijo Lagoon. The golden dome of this church can be seen resplendently from the nearby I5 Freeway at the Manchester off-ramp.
There’s plenty of activities and goodies available to young and old at this festival. Under a large tent, tables and benches for eating the spanotopika, dolmas, baklava, and other home-recipe delights allow attendees to consume a little bit of wonderful Greek food. Booths selling arts and crafts abound; I treasure my mask of Comedy. This is always a very well attended event, so I always try to arrive early, especially in order to get very close to the stage where the dancers perform. Evenings are all too popular, as I found out at my first festival, so I try to avoid the crowds then. Every year, a raffle is held for a brand-new Mercedes (top-of –the line model), a raffle that has generated substantial funds as reward for all the labor of love that goes into holding this festival. It’s a marvelous event that provides a non-Disneyesque visit to another culture. Agape! Admission is $2.00; it’s free for kids under 12. Hours are 11-10 on Saturday and 11-9 on Sunday at the family-friendly celebration at which there’ll be plenty of games for the kids while the Big Kids have their own fun.
From journal Charming Cardiff - North of San Diego