Live entertainment, outdoor seating and more menu items are part of the return of the Oakmont Greek Food Festival later this month.
It is the 47th year for the festival presented by the Dormition of the Greek Orthodox Church Theotokos at 12 Washington Avenue.
Food will be served from June 25th to 27th from 12pm to 9pm. Entertainment can last longer into the night.
Event co-chair Andy Gavrilos said the volunteers worked very hard and followed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the pandemic as much as possible.
“We’re very happy about that,” he said. “The church has asked us (to return to normal). They were very patient as we tried to deal with last year’s problems. Everyone fought.
“Our hope and belief is that our community will support the choices we have made. We are still developing. We’re still evaluating policies and rules and considering a few other options. “
One of the decisions was to bring back moussaka – layers of ground beef with potatoes and eggplant, accented with bechamel sauce. It was one of the items that was cut out at the festival last year when it went Car restaurant with no dancers, no seating and a very limited menu.
Other food changes include a new pack of pastries for chocolate lovers, and one that’s just baklava.
Honey balls were once again removed from the menu. However, sources said they could be added closer to the festival. Updates will be on his. released Facebook site.
Unique dinners such as chicken alexis, lamb knuckle, pork nouvlaki and the legendary church gyros are offered while supplies last.
The Grecian Odyssey Dancers and Jr. Grecian Stars are expected to perform every three days.
Organizers have been discussing for the past few months bringing back the drive-thru layout with motorists following traffic cones and ropes to a three-seat ordering tent.
But Gavrilos said they were comfortable with the restrictions lifted and enough people vaccinated so that people can go outside and have limited seating.
“I think people are ready to forget the trials and tribulations of the past 18 months and have fun again,” said Gavrilos. “We had good results (with drive-thru). We worked hard to really streamline the process and make it as fast as possible. At the beginning of the year we were pretty sure that we would make another trip.
“We did some pre-planning with that in mind, hoping things would open up. We think we’ll get a nice audience based on the fact that things are opening up. There are still some people who are still suspicious of crowds. “
Masks are recommended but not required. Guests are also asked to distance themselves socially whenever possible.
Cash transactions are prohibited; Debit or credit cards are accepted.
For more information, please visit dormitionpgh.org or call 412-828-4144.