Dancing, delicacies highlight 30th annual Greek festival in Blue Point

There was plenty of celebrating, dancing and delicacies in Blue Point as the annual Greek festival came to a close Sunday night.
It was a toe-tapping, hand-clapping end to the three-day Greek festival at St. John's Orthodox Church.
"We're bringing Greece to Long Island into Blue Point," said Mike Boufis, of the parish council.
This was the 30th year for the festival which raises funds for the church.
Officials said the church needed the support since the festival had to be postponed during the pandemic until this year.
Food and pastries are such an important part of Greek culture and the festival. The event's chefs who prepared the various delicacies said that there is one ingredient that makes the food so special -- love.
All the food organizers said the Greek dishes are made in house, mostly from scratch and even some of the desserts take days to prepare.
John Cushing drove from Brooklyn as he and other guests said it was worth the trip.
"I was just in Greece a couple months ago, so it feels really homey to come here and have a little re-experience," Cushing said.
The church said the festival is their main fundraiser of the year and plans to grow the event in the future.