Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Roseland is celebrating its one year anniversary at the end of the month with the First Annual Roseland Greek Cultural Festival.
Area residents are invited to tour the church, feast on a gyro and other specialties and enjoy Greek culture at the festival, which will be held from Sept. 28-30.
“We are proud of what we have accomplished here in Roseland and look forward to expanding our community outreach in the years to come,” said Festival Chairperson Doug Rosa of West Caldwell.
Last September, Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen opened its doors, marking the final step of the unification of Saint Nicholas of Newark, the oldest Greek Orthodox congregation in New Jersey, and Ss. Constantine and Helen of Orange. The church complex at 80 Laurel Avenue North in Roseland was created to serve parishioners who moved out of cities and into suburbs in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.
The three-day festival will include an abundance of authentic Greek food made on the premises as well as cooking demonstrations by Chef Dean Yack and Lithos Restaurant in Livingston among others. Vendors will sell jewelry, food, toys and other items.
There also will be Greek folk dancing, featuring performances by the Hellenic Dancers of NJ, the Roseland youth group dancers as well as youth groups from other communities. On Saturday night, there will be a special Teen Zone featuring Greek techno dancing.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
On-site parking will be available the entire weekend. There will also be free shuttle service from 75 Livingston Ave. during peak hours of 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.RoselandGreekFest.com.