There is a gorgeous church nestled on a busy highway here in Myrtle Beach. They host one of the largest Greek Festivals in South Carolina. St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church plays host to their annual Greek Festival each and every year. People travel from all across the state to attend and this year we decided to check it out.
We went one Saturday evening once the sun started to set and the temperatures began to cool down. Parking was a bit of a hassle as it is busy and parking is minimal near the actual event. The church offers a shuttle for those who want to park across the street for free. We lucked out and parked near a local business with an open lot.
Entry to the Greek Festival was only a dollar and all proceeds benefit the church, fellowship hall building fund and other charities. Let me also mention that kids get in for free. Sounds like a great event to take your family to!
When we arrived we made a beeline for “The Hall” for dinner. Judd’s uncle is Greek so we are well-versed on all kinds of Greek food. We love it! We ordered a few Spanikopita which is made with feta cheese, cream cheese, eggs and herbs baked in filo puff pastry. It’s also known as spinach pie. This is probably one of my favorite Greek dishes. It’s filling and delicious.
We then ordered Dolmathes which are grape leaves stuffed with ground beef, rice, spices and topped with egg lemon sauce. I am a sucker for grape leaves and these ones were by far the best ones I’ve ever had. They were hearty in filling and pretty big so we shared this dish!
For dessert we headed outdoors to the pastries tent. They had a multitude of desserts to choose from which made it difficult to order! Judd was dying to try there Galatoboureko which is an egg custard baked in layers of filo and topped with spicy honey syrup. I had never had this before but by the first bite I was sold! It was savory and not too rich.
The weather was cooling off nicely so we found a table out by the live music tent and enjoyed the sounds of Greek music while we watched people dance. One of my favorite things about the Greek culture is the dances. When we were in Philly a few years ago Judd’s aunt and uncle taught us a few of them. It was so much fun actually doing the dances for a NYE Greek Party we went to that same trip.
No festival attendance is complete without a tour of the gorgeous church itself. I had never been into a Greek Orthodox church before but I was in complete awe. We stepped into the church and the first thing I noticed was the incredible detailing in the architecture. Then you look up and see the hand-painted ceiling. I could stare at them all day! It was incredible.
The Greek Festival was a great way to spend a Saturday evening. Next year we plan to make it an all day event since we won’t be moving!