Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church

Serving the Orthodox Christians of West Central Florida

GREEK FESTIVAL

Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church
4705 W. Gulf-to-Lake Hwy, Lecanto, Florida

                       Join us in 2014

SPRING FESTIVAL  2014 - February 21, 22 and 23.
FALL FESTIVAL      2014 -  October 17, 18 and 19.

Festival Hours:
FRIDAY        11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
SUNDAY      11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Welcome!

Καλώς Ορίσατε - Welcome!

Καλή Διασκέδαση – Have a Good Time!
Καλή Όρεξη – Hearty Appetite
With these words we welcome you to St. Michael’s Greek Festival.  We are so delighted to be able to offer our Citrus County Community an opportunity for a “Touch of Greece” right here at home.  Come enjoy our culture, our food, our traditions.  You will surely leave satisfied, thrilled and awed with the tastes and sounds of Greece.  We pledge to new and old alike that we will do our utmost to insure you have a wonderful time while visiting with us.  Our heritage calls for us to offer our guests the best in hospitality.  If there is anything we can do to make your visit with us more pleasurable, please let us know.
Throughout our grounds you will find wonderful Greek Bakery items, incredible food platters to dine in or to take home, jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, religious items and of course Gyro and Souvlaki in our outdoor booth.  Don’t forget to stop by YiaYia’s Kitchen and take a package (or two) home for dinner next week.   Be sure to pick up our Greek Cook Book so that you can make some of this delicious food right in your own home.  Be Greek every Week!
While you’re savoring our delicious foods, pastries and gifts we hope you will join in and learn a Greek Dance or two.  We have many groups which will be entertaining you throughout the weekend to the beautiful melodies of our band.  And don’t forget, we’re here for three days, so come back each day and try something new.  Bring your friends and neighbors, they will surely have an unforgettable time.
Byzantine Sanctuary which will be built on our grounds over the next few months.  Thanks to your support over the years and with God’s help, next year you will have the opportunity to tour our wonderful new Church.  Plan now to be here for an experience you will never encounter elsewhere.
I would also like to bring to your attention the many business who support our festival through their patronage of this album.  Please thank them for the charitable support next time you stop by their place of business.
Thank You for being with us!


Any Excuse to Party!

Our Greek heritage has a long history of festivals, most focused around many religious or ethnic holidays. Indeed, each parish typically celebrates at or around the feast day of the parish's patron saint. In our case we have the opportunity for a triple celebration. Our annual festival typically falls on or around several important feast days of our church and or National Greek Holidays.  For example:  October 26th is the feast day of St. Demetrios the Great Martyr, October 28th is the historic Greek OXI (No) Day and St. Michael's Feast Day follows on November 8th. October 28th represents a Greek National Celebration commemorating the historic day in 1941, when the Greek Prime Minister was asked by Mussolini's fascist to surrender Greece to the Axis Powers. Mr. Metaxas (the then Prime Minister of Greece) response was a single word, NO (OXI)! His response brought Greece into World War II. Although Greece fell to the German army a year later, Greece was the first country in WWII, and joins only the much larger England and Russia, to have successfully fought off an axis army, defeating the Italian Army of Mussolini, bringing an end to fascist rule and Italy's exit from the war. Yes, just give us a reason, whether the remembrance of a saint such as St. Demetrios or the Archangel Michael or a National Event such as October 28 and we will party! So sit back, relax and join us for a fun filled weekend.


Enjoy delicious Greek Pastries
Come see the Dance Troupes

Lot's to do, much to see and even MORE to eat!

Our Annual Festival gives us the opportunity to extend to you a little of our Hellenic Culture, rich in customs, traditions and hospitality. Please stop by and see our many booths. Enjoy wonderful ethnic baked goods at our Zaharoplasteion [Pastry Booth], have some with a little Greek Coffee at our Kafenion [coffee shop], enjoy a wonderful Greek meal at our Athenian Cafe or enjoy a sandwich from our outdoor Gyro Grill. Don't forget to stop by YiaYia's Kitchen and take a package (or two) home for dinner next week and check out our fine Greek jewelry, clothing and other fine handicrafts. While youˇ¦re savoring our delicious foods, pastries and gifts we hope you will join in and learn a Greek Dance or two. We have many groups which will be entertaining you throughout the weekend to the beautiful melodies of our band.


Thank you for being with us!
Your patronage of our festival energizes our entire community.

Request Festival Information

Click on the next link if you would like to learn more about Greek Festivals.

Greek-Festivals.com

Learn more about Greece and Greek History and Culture from these web resources:

Tufts Hellenic Page
University of Florida - Center for Hellenic Studies
The Ancient Greek World
Detailed Chronology of Greek History
Ancient Greece
Greek Music
The Internet Guide to Greece
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