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.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS YEAR OUR FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ON COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND October 9-11, 2015 (Fri-Sat 12:00 noon to 10:00 Pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM).
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.
Festival Volunteer Committee
Catherine Mary Rafferty