Life During COVID-19: Greek Festivals Turn to Drive-Thrus

September 14, 2020

One of the most cherished traditions of the Greek-American community, church-sponsored Greek festivals, have seen many postponed or canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic but others are becoming like drive-in diners of old.

The Capital Region Greek Festival of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Wormleyburg, Pennsylvania has ramped down the scale this year and will sell a limited menu from 11 AM -7 PM Sept. 18-19 via a drive-through at the church.

Masks and social distancing will be required, said Penn Live Patriot News, adding that it was pushed back from May and that church members have used the time to plan for the new festival and menu.

Dimitri Zozos, one of the organizers, said they developed the idea for a drive-through after much discussion. “We talked about it and the ladies’ hearts were really into sharing the Greek cuisine. For them, it’s sharing the pastries,” he said.

The popular St. Louis Greek Festival returned for its 103rd year this Labor Day weekend but it too was done using curbside service so you had to pull up to get your baklava or lamb dinner, and worth it.


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