Cars quickly filled the lot outside St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church on Friday as a line of ticket buyers moved steadily through the festival gate for the 34th annual Greek Glendi.
Small American and Greek flags flapped in the breeze around a huge tent where banks of apron-clad women steadily filled plates with steaming food.
Markos Mitsoullis, a Greek vocalist, wandered through the tent, singing, clapping and high-fiving the beer vendors. The mood of the crowd matched the music as smiling visitors clapped loudly.
Vendors offered rich, sweet baklava, nesting dolls, icons and other Greek-themed items. Visitors toured the church, lighting candles and viewing the gilded paintings and other religious artifacts with hushed awe.
The festival continues through the weekend.