4 days, 60,000 pastries, and many enjoyable, Greek Competition in Greenville kicks off 33rd yr – Greenville Information


You’ll be able to nearly scent the unctuous scents of charred gyro, of lemony hen and potatoes and of honey-laden baklava. The Greek Competition is right here. The annual occasion, which has grown to one in all Greenville’s largest kicks off at lunchtime Thursday and continues by Sunday night.

The 33rd yr of the competition brings a whole lot of conventional with a contact of recent.

Clear bag coverage

This yr, consistent with different services and occasions, organizers have adopted a transparent bag coverage. Attendees are allowed solely clear luggage and or a small pockets sized purse, however different luggage must be left at dwelling.

The Greenville Greek Competition opens Could 16. (Photograph: File)

New meals setup

Different adjustments embody a brand new construction to the meals format. Pastries and objects like moussaka and pastichio will now not be obtainable exterior, so as to create more room for gathering and sitting.

The within meals line will now additionally promote mixture pastry plates, so there isn’t a must make two stops, stated Lynda Leventis-Wells, this yr’s competition chairwoman. Particular person pastries will nonetheless be offered on the pastry sales space.


Every year, a devoted group of ladies devotes hours to creating pastries and a full menu of Greek specialty dishes for the annual Greek Pastry sale and vacation meal at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The annual occasion raises cash for the church’s Philoptochos Society, which donates hundreds of yearly to native and nationwide causes.

New pastries

And talking of pastries, there are a number of new ones within the mixture of over 60,000 this yr. Along with the 24,000 baklava the ladies of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral have made, they’ve added floyeres, a cigar-shaped baklava-type confection and coconut tourva, an ultra-moist coconut cake.

“It is simply sooo good!” Leventis-Wells enthused.


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Cathedral excursions

Whereas final yr the cathedral was closed for renovations, this yr it will likely be open for excursions together with a have a look at the now accomplished mosaics that span the inside dome. 

A Greenville custom

The annual Greek Competition has grown considerably in its 33 years. Now, the competition is the biggest fundraiser for St. George Cathedral, and it continues to supply Greenville a glimpse, a sound, a style of Greek tradition. 

“We by no means meet a stranger and we wish everyone to really feel comfy,” Leventis-Wells stated. “We wish everybody to really feel relaxed and to take pleasure in and to get on the market and dance.”

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What: 33rd Annual Greek Competition

When: 10:30 a.m. to eight p.m. Could 16 — inside and drive-thru eating; competition open 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Could 17 (drive-thru eating till Eight p.m.); open 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Could 18; 11:30 a.m.-Eight p.m. Could 19.

The place: 406 N. Academy St., Greenville

For extra data, go to http://greekforaday.com/

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