New Hartford church plans Mediterranean Festival

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NEW HARTFORD — St. George Orthodox Church will host its 10th annual Mediterranean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12, on the church grounds at 350 Higby Road.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.  The festival begins at noon on each day.

The 10th annual festival features plenty of authentic Lebanese and Greek food, including a variety of grilled gyros, tabbouleh, hummus, grape leaves, rice pudding, fried dough, and the irresistible Baklava Sundaes. There will be beer and wine available. The festival also features music, raffles, and craft vendors. ‘Michael Percussionist’ will provide Arabic drumming, and the event will be deejayed by Mark Montgomery on Saturday, and Joe Load on Sunday. 

“We’re so happy to be back after a hiatus last year due to COVID,” said Cindy Nimey, event chairperson. “So many people have told us how they’re looking forward to the festival, and of course, the food.”

This year, a portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to support Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., in honor of Richard Nimey, Cindy’s husband, who died in 2019. 

“We’re so pleased to support hospice and honor my husband in this way,” said Nimey. “The church and the festival were a huge part of Rich’s life.”

The event and parking are free, rain or shine.

St. George Orthodox Church is a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, started by Arab and Greek immigrants in the early 1900s.

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