We attended Norfolk, Greek
Orthodox Church annual Greek Festival on May 18th, 2008. It was a
short visit. There wasn't much there. A giant tent for
food/eating area and a couple tables outside selling T-shirts/Jewelry.
Inside, a room for vendors mostly selling Jewelry and baked goods.
There was one man selling paintings but he was too high pressure. I
felt guilty walking away but I am certainly uncomfortable buying from
someone who follows you and tries to sell you everything there! I
imagine he'd be calling you at home and trying to get you to buy more!
He did have a few nice paintings though... but I could find equal ones on
Ebay for the same price or less. We walked around the area to see if
we were missing something but nothing else was there. I expected to
see things like leather goods, Greek pottery, perhaps clothing or handmade
crafts from Greece, but nothing like that. Admission was free. Prices
on the jewelry etc were average to expensive for what it was. Food was
plentiful though, smelled good and a fairly priced for most of it.
Most expensive thing was a complete dinner for 11.00. But when you
consider no tipping or taxes, then it wasn't that much. I hope next
year to go there just for lunch. I'll try to take at least two or
three photos. Supposedly, they had singers and dancers in costume, but
not when I was there. There is nothing else to see or do. There
is nothing special to worry about here except parking. Parking is
limited and it's difficult to park on the street as it's parallel and one
way parking in front of homes etc; which may not always be permitted. It's
advised you go early to get a space at the nearby church or on a side street
and walk your way there. Other than that, the only thing you need is
money and an empty stomache. Parking free.
Newport News Greek Festival