Odyssey festival: 4 days of Greek celebration
One of the area’s premier outdoor celebrations, Odyssey: A Greek Festival, is a big deal — for all the right reasons.
Set on the grounds of Byzantine-style St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, the four-day party on Labor Day weekend embodies tradition, faith, ethnic culture, music, dance and food. Lots of food.
There are appetizers, pastries, lamb on the spit, gyro, mossaka, spanakopita (spinch-filled delights) and pastitisio (Greek-style lasagna). You also can sample the Gourmet Meze Grille, with appetizers such as saganaki (flaming cheese!) loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp and avgolemono soup.
The festival features a varied Hellenic agora (marketplace), a big tag sale, a kids’ area, presentations on Greek culture and religion and traditional Greek folk dances performed by the colorfully costumed Odyssey dancers (there’s even a dance lesson Saturday and Sunday nights at 8:45(. There’s also a $10,000 raffle to stir the imagination.
Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange. Friday, Aug. 31 - Monday, Sept. 3. Free parking (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church) and free admission. Hours: noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; noon to 7 p.m. on Labor Day Monday. Rain or shine. 203-795-1347. SaintBarbara.org