Saint Sophia’s festival brings the best of Greek food, drink and culture to the D.C. area. An annual tradition, the festival usually occurs the first weekend after Mother’s day and runs from Friday – Sunday. Fri-Sat 12:00 noon to 10:00 Pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM. (Fri-Sun, May 13-15, 2016).
Call for Festival Committee Leads
The festival committee is looking for help leading several committees vital to the festival’s success. Please contact the church office if you are interested in leading our efforts in cost underwriting, management of festival labor, volunteer coordination, festival prep and setup, and festival cleanup and takedown. We also have a special leadership opportunity running the children’s colored sand tent and selling Greek arts. If you’re interested, please contact the Cathedral office for more information at 202-333-4730.
Call for Festival Volunteers
Help support our community by volunteering at the Saint Sophia Festival May 13 – 15, 2016 (Fri-Sat 12:00 noon to 10:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM). An annual tradition, Saint Sophia’s festival brings the best of Greek food, drink and culture to the D.C. area. But to keep the festival a success, we need YOUR HELP in serving our delicious gyros, sharing our spectacular spanakopita, navigating our honeyed pastries and sweets, dispensing beer and wine, and, of course, selling Mercedes Raffle tickets.
To volunteer, click the link below or visit the Festival Corner in the church auditorium. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545adaf2caafa7-annual
All profits from the festival are vital to underwriting the Cathedral’s operations…from maintaining the smallest tessera in our mosaics to providing the crayons our Sunday School students enjoy during the school year.
Can’t share your TIME? Help us underwrite the cost of the festival by sharing your TREASURE and making a donation towards the festival costs. Donations can be made at the church office or at the Festival Corner.
All donations of TIME (volunteering) or TREASURE (donations) will be recognized with a donation leaf at our Festival Corner!
Please contact the Cathedral office for more information at 202-333-4730.
Live Music and Dancing
Every evening under the stars, enjoy live Greek music played by local musicians. Spirited festival goers are welcome to join in and dance…Opa!
Food & Beverages
Saint Sophia’s festival is proud to offer a wide variety of Greek delicacies – made fresh and daily across the festival weekend.
Greek Cuzina (“Kitchen”)
Inside the church auditorium, festival goers can sample dishes from the Greek Cuzina (Kitchen) that include roast savory chicken and lamb, traditional casseroles including pastistio (pasta and ricotta cheese) and mousaka (eggplant and potato), spanakopita (spinach and ricotta) and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and the simple, but exotic garnish of taramasalata (whipped caviar spread…served best on warm pita).
Outside on the festival grounds, festival goers can sample traditional Greek sandwiches as they are freshly cooked over coal fires and burners. The line for the gyro sandwich may reach incredible lengths, but it’s worth the wait as the fresh sliced meat melds with feta and tzaziki (cucumber yogurt sauce), lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Traditional pork souvlaki (roasted on skewers) sandwiches are also a favorite as the meat is seasoned in Mediterranean spices and cooked over coal fires. For those seeking American fare, the grills also offer hamburgers (including Saint Sophia’s own “feta burger”), hotdogs, and calamari.
Soft drinks, water and Greek beer and wine are available from the taverna – with locations both inside the church auditorium and outside by the grills.
Greek Pastry & Caffenio (“Coffee Shop”)
Taste the nectar of the gods with Saint Sophia’s Greek pastry! From the traditional baklava with its mix of honey, walnuts and spices to more exotic finikia (spiced walnut cookies) and kataifi (shredded phyllo with honey and nuts), the pastry booth has something to tempt any sweet tooth. If you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, grab an iced frappe or traditional hot Greek coffee.
Loukoumades (“Greek Donuts”)
Served fresh and hot with drizzles of honey and sprinkled with cinnamon, the loukoumades booth prepares these treats across the weekend.
Support our youngest parishioners by buying fresh squeezed lemonade from our Little Angels children volunteer group.
The marketplace showcases vendors with wares including fine and costume jewelry, pottery and home goods, clothing, music, Byzantine icons, and a traditional Greek grocer.
A variety of children’s games and activities are available across the festival weekend including balloon toys, sand art and a moon bounce.
Tours of the Cathedral
Guided tours of the interior of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral are available on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. With your guide, experience the Cathedral’s fully mosaic tiled interior, while learning about this special house of worship, Byzantine design and the Orthodox faith.
Philoptochos Society “Collectibles Corner”
At this year’s Saint Sophia Spring Festival, Philoptochos will sponsor a “Collectibles Corner”fundraiser to help expand our charitable outreach to others in need. A portion of the proceeds from “Collectibles Corner” will go locally to the Social Work/Family Services Department of Children’s National Medical Center – to help families in need who have seriously-ill children with non-reimbursable expenses. With the hospitalization of a seriously-ill child, parents are intensely focused on their child’s illness. In time, parents often find themselves not being paid, or losing their jobs. So, they often need extra help to deal with the uncertainties and complications of their child’s treatment – ranging from emergency needs to life-enhancing extras that are not covered by other organizations. For more information please click here.
Festival Volunteer Committee
Catherine Mary Rafferty