​HOLMDEL, N.J. - Opa!

The Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church said, “Kalos Orisate!” or 'welcome' as it invited guests to experience Greek culture at its Bayshore Greek Festival, held from June 7 until June 10.The strum of a bouzouki filled the air as the Neo Kyma Greek Band performed Greek music for attendees: festive tunes that made you want to stomp your feet and clap your hands. In front of the stage, two dancers twirled napkins and tapped their toes as they payed homage to the dances of their homeland. Locking hands, they spun around the floor as their feet moved simultaneously.  

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​With 40 dishes available, everyone could enjoy a taste of Greece, whether it be chicken taken right of the grill and stuffed in a gyro or a piece of falafel dripping in tzatziki sauce. One vendor carved strips of seasoned meat as it slowly turned on a vertical broiler. Mouthwatering loukoumades (bite sized pieces of dough) were taken out of a fryer and slathered with honey. The festival even imported beer and wine to provide festival goers an authentic Greek dining experience. 

The Greek community also rallied behind Elias, a 9 month old baby who suffers from an immunodeficiency disease called NEMO and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. A booth was set up to raise awareness about Elias and find potential bone marrow donors. To learn more about what you can do for this young boy, please visit: getinvolved.dkms.org/fundraiser/1429391

​The Bayshore Greek Festival was an amazing celebration of culture, sharing the flavors, music, and spirit of Greece with all attendees. 

Two Greek musicians, the Neo Kyma Greek Band and Pegasus DJ, took to the stage and played festive tunes with instruments like the Bouzouki. In front of the stage, feet pounded against the floor as Greek dancers performed for the audience. Children enjoyed amusement rides such as rock climbing and game booths where they could win prizes. There is always next year and based on the happy expressions, the attendees will be back.

You can learn more about the history of the church here: http://kimisis.com/wordpress/our-history/

The festival website is here: http://www.greekfestivalholmdel.com