Ocean Township – OPA! Be Greek for a day at the Jersey Shore Greek Festival on the grounds of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, NJ. Traditional Greek food, music, dancing, culture and hospitality will be overflowing during the spectacular family event scheduled for Fri., June 27, Sat. June 28 and Sun. June 29.

The much anticipated festival is expected to draw thousands of visitors, as it did in its inaugural festival last year. Traditional Greek food will include Lamb, Gyros, Souvlaki, Spanakopita, Moussaka, Pastichio, and Greek beer and wine will also be served. Rain or shine, under the giant tent will be the place to watch the award-winning church dance troupe who will be dressed in authentic costumes. They will invite you to join them so bring your dancing shoes! Enjoy shopping at the Boutique featuring Greek jewelry, icons, Greek specialty items. Then rest your feet at our Kafenion with a cup of Greek coffee and authentic hand-made pastries such as Baklava and Karidopita. To keep the kids happy, games and rides will also be on-site.

Tours of St George, the beautiful Byzantine-style church, will be offered by members of the community and photos of previous festivals will be on display. The Greek Village style layout of the new Church and grounds will lend itself to a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The weekend will culminate with the drawing of the Ray Catena 2014 Lexus IS 250 Sedan Car Raffle! The tickets are $100 each, with only 1,000 tickets to be sold. To reserve your ticket visit the Festival website www.jerseyshoregreekfestival.com or contact the church office at 732-775-2777.

Admission to the festival is $2.00; children under 6 are free. A portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to charities in Monmouth County (Last year, more than $7,000 was donated).

The hours of the Jersey Shore Greek Festival are Friday, June 27 from 5pm – 11pm, Saturday, June 28 from 12 noon to 11pm, and Sunday, June 29 from 1pm to 8pm. Parking is free at Ocean Township Middle School and High School with free shuttle transportation all day. For more information contact the Church office at 732.775.2777 or visit www.jerseyshoregreekfestival.com. You can also find us on facebook at jerseyshoregreekfestival and on twitter @shoregreekfest.