Authentic Greek Food & Pastries, Crafts, Music & Dance

The Best Party in town for over three decades ...


Welcome to the 38th Annual St. Sophia Greek Festival


July 8, 9, and 10, 2016

On the Church Grounds of:

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church

525 Church Road       

Elgin, Illinois  60123

At Rt. 31 and I-90

847-888-2822 ext:203 for more information


Experience Greece this Summer!

The St. Sophia Greek Festival is hosted at the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois. Growing attendance in recent years is through word of mouth, so grab your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, and come Experience Greece this summer. This weekend, you can taste the flavors of Greece with our authentic food, try your foot at Greek dancing, see our lively entertainment, shop in the Marketplace (indoors in the cool), and tour our beautiful church. Attractions for the kids round out a great time for the whole family. We'll see you at the festival -- OPA!!

When and Where

The St. Sophia Greek Festival is held on the grounds of the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois. We are located just north of I-90 at Route 31. Exit Route 31 North and turn left at your first left. The Church will be on your right as the road wraps around. Parking is available along the street and on the Messiah Lutheran Church grounds next door, where proceeds benefits PADS.

Map to St. Sophia


Friday, July 8

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.

(Children's games and rides not open from 11-1)


Saturday, July 9

 Noon to 11 p.m.


Sunday, July 10

Noon to 10 p.m.


Your Guide to Experiencing Greece.....

The 2016 St. Sophia Festival Program Book will be available in mid June. Our Program Book features all the details of the festival. Please pick up a Program Book at the main entrance at the Greek Festival.  Admission is $2.00 and children are free with a paying adult. 


In our fourth year now.....THE DRIVE THRU

Now accepting credit card payments, Visa, M/C, Discover and AMEX!     

And...another exciting update....the new home is on the new driveway on our own front yard!

Stop and get your favorite dishes to take home without ever leaving the car!  There will be a limited menu of some main entrees....Grecian Chicken, Gyros Plate, Souvlaki, and a Greek Salad.  Finish off your meal with a delicious piece of traditional baklava or a few louks too!  We will also have pop and bottled water available.  See menu below for descriptions of all of these dishes. 

(Drive Thru will be open during all hours of the fest AND the special 11AM-1PM Friday Lunch Pick Up time slot.)

To get your own official Drive Thru Menu, click here.

Tasting Greece

The Greek food at the St. Sophia Greek Festival is unparalleled in the Chicago area. Everyone has their favorite dishes, whether it's the crisp flavors in gyro, comfort qualities of pastitsio, or flame of the saganaki. 

(Only main dishes will be available during the Friday lunch time from 11-1.  These include Grecian Chicken, Souvlaki, Gyros, Pastitsio, Mousaka and Greek Salad.)

As you enjoy the sights, sounds (and smells) of the festival, we ask that you make your way to the cashier booth near the center of the festival when you are ready to eat.  We will be happy to help you make your selections, and then you will be issued a receipt that you can hand to the food booth attendant (at any time, does not have to be right away!) who will fill your entire order, with hot, fresh food in a "to go" plate.  Find a seat under a shady tent, or enjoy the sun near the Kafenio!

Cash only is accepted at the cashier booth, however, for your convenience, an ATM will be located right beside the cashier. 


Main Entree Menu

Grecian Chicken  $11.00 - Half chicken roasted, Grecian style, with a mixture of lemon, oil, and oregano.  Served with rice, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and bread.  GET THIS AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO!

Souvlaki  $11.00 (shish-ka-bob) - Grilled pork tenderloin marinated in our special recipe. Served with rice, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and bread. GET THIS AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO!

Gyros Plate  $9.00 - Ground beef and lamb mixture, with spices, grilled and sliced fresh, and served on warm pita bread, with tzatziki (cucumber and yogurt) sauce, tomatoes, onions and olives.  GET THIS AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO!

Pastichio   $9.00 - The Greek version of lasagna — macaroni with braised ground lamb & beef, topped with béchamel sauce and baked. Served with tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives. 

Mousaka   $9.00 - Layers of eggplant, potato, ground lamb and beef, topped with a light béchamel sauce and baked. Served with tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives. 

Add a slice of Pastichio or Moussaka to any entrée for $5.00 more - Ask for the "Combo." 

Saganaki   $6.00 - Opa!! Seared vlahotiri cheese flamed with brandy and lemon and served fresh to you. 

Greek Salad   $7.00 -  Lettuce, feta cheese, tomatoes, Greek olives, oregano, salt, onion, cucumbers all tossed in a light olive oil dressing.  Served with bread. GET THIS AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO!

Mezedes Plate  $8.00 - A bit of everything!  Dolomades (grape leaf, rice and meat), tyropita (Greek style cheese pie in a crispy filo crust), spanakopita (Greek style cheese and spinach in a crispy filo crust), Greek sausage,  Greek meatballs, kasseri cheese, tomato, cucumber, olives and bread. 

Calamari $6.00 – Fried calamari dish with fresh lemon.  (Cocktail sauce available upon request.)

Greek Fries  $4.00 - "Greek Style" fries, lightly seasoned with Greek herbs and spices, topped with feta cheese, and a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the top.    

Hamburger and chips $4.00  GET THIS AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO! 

"Greek" Style Hamburgers and chips $5.00 - A nice juicy burger with a little feta cheese, crisp tomato and seasoned with oregano!  GET THIS AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO!

Hot Dog and chips  $3.00  GET THIS AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO!


Friday Special Lunch Orders - GREEK FOOD 2 GO

Sound delicious?  How about treating your employees to a delicious lunch on Friday afternoon?  Place your order, email or fax it in to the church, and we will have it ready for you anytime to pick up on Friday, July 8th from 11AM-1PM.  You can drive right up to the front of the church, on our new driveway (where the Drive Thru will be open at 5PM), and it will be hot and ready for you!  Please email your orders and any questions to Kristin Smith at

Please click here for a Friday Special Lunch order form. 

For your Friday lunch order, we ask that you please pay cash or have a check ready made out to "St. Sophia" for the total amount. If you prefer, we will also accept your Visa, M/C, Discover or AMEX. 



Visit our beverage bar for all your favorite soft drinks, spirits and Grecian thirst quenchers! 

Alcoholic beverages served only to guests 21 years of age and older. You must provide legal identification to receive wristband to purchase alcohol. Wristbands available at the Main Entrance and are required to purchase alcohol at the St. Sophia Greek Festival.

We ask that you pay cash for all beverages sold at the fest.


The famous "Village Squire" Mai Tai - $6.00 (16 oz.)

Metaxa - $6.00 

Greek Beer - $5.00 (bottle)

Roditis (Greek Table Wine) - $5.00 glass, $18.00 bottle

Ouzo Shot - $5.00

Domestic Beer - (Bud, Bud Light) - $4.00 (16 oz.)

Pop (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Lemonade, Iced Tea) - $2.00

Bottled water - $2.00



Greek pastries are one of the delicacies that can't be found just anywhere. At our Greek Fest, you'll find an excellent selection of traditional Greek pastries. Each year St. Sophia’s Philoptochos ladies bake for days to produce these sweets using only the finest ingredients. 

At the "sweets tent" we ask that you pay cash for your delectable desserts.


Loukoumades - $7.00/dozen - The ultimate doughnut, light and airy, served warm, dipped in honey with a dash of cinnamon. GET THESE AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO!

Baklava/Saragli - $2.50 - A classic! Prepared with many layers of thin buttered pastry sheets, walnuts, spices and honey syrup. GET THIS AT THE DRIVE THRU TOO!  

Floyeres - $2.50 - A rich, baked dessert prepared with thin layers of buttered pastry sheets, almonds, spices, and honey syrup.

Kataifi - $2.50 - Shredded dough with chopped nuts and honey syrup.

Galaktoboureko - $2.50 - A delectable custard dessert baked between carefully placed pastry sheets and covered in syrup.

Karidopita - $2.50 - Walnut cake with spices and syrup.

Paximadia -  $3.50/half dozen - A popular favorite zwieback-type cookie baked, then sliced and toasted in the oven.

Koulourakia - $3.50/half dozen - Delicious butter cookie, not too sweet, twisted into pretty shapes, basted with egg yolk and baked.

KOK -  $3.50 - Chocolate covered cake, filled with custard. The Greek version of Boston cream pie.

Diples -  $2.50 - Sweet, crisp folds of thin rolled pastry dough, deep fried to delicate perfection and topped with syrup, cinnamon and nuts. 

Melomakarona -  $.75 - Oval cookie dipped in honey and rolled in nuts. 

Kourambiedes - $.75 - Butter cookie served with confectioner’s sugar; the Greek version of the wedding cookie.

Greek Bread  assorted prices - Take some home today!


Kafenion Hellas

Relax at the Kafenio and enjoy coffee, frappe & ice cream served Greek or American style!

Pull up a bistro table, meet with friends and enjoy the day.      


Baklava Sundae - $4.00 - Baklava served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream.  Topped with honey, walnuts and a cherry. 

Loukoumades Sundae - $4.00 - Four hot Loukoumades served with vanilla ice cream, and topped with walnuts and honey syrup. 

American Ice Cream Sundae - $3.00 - Two scoops of vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, topped with walnuts and a cherry. 

Frappe - $4.00 - Iced coffee shaken with sugar, milk, and served over lots of ice. Special orders are our specialty!!! 

Greek Coffee - $3.00 - Traditional Greek coffee made to order. 

American Coffee -$1.00

Assorted Sodas and Bottled Water - $2.00 - (Soft drinks and bottled water are served only at our beverage bar and at the Kafenio Hellas)




 Our Entertainment Committee has been working hard to provide quality


See our line up below:

Check back often for additional updates...

 Friday, July 8

9:00pm - 11:00pm

The Sempletons

featuring Keith Semple

(former lead singer of 7th heaven)!sempletons/c1z4y


Saturday, July 9

5:00pm - 11:00pm

Rythmos Entertainment 

Live Greek Band


Sunday, July 10

5:00pm - 10:00pm

Hellas 2000

Live Greek band founded by George Dimas

 Don't forget our very own

 St. Sophia Agape Dance Troupe 

Performing all weekend long

  Specific performance times will be listed soon!

Grand Raffle

Only 600 tickets sold!

$100.00 each! 


Fun for the Kids

The St. Sophia Greek Festival brings fun for all ages! 

The "kids area" is located near the rear of the festival, where they can enjoy 

children's games and inflatables! 


Tickets are 5 for $10.00 and 8 for $15.00. 

Unlimited rides (excluding games) for $15.00 on Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m!


Euro-Bungee (4 Tickets) 

Moonwalk (2 Tickets)

Super Slide (1 Ticket)

All Children's Games are 1 Ticket each


Hours for Kids Activities 

Friday 5 to 10 p.m. 

Saturday Noon to 10 p.m. 

Sunday Noon to 9 p.m.


Exhibitors and Vendors

Come inside where it is nice and cool and do some shopping!  All participants will be listed here and updated frequently.  Browse among jewelry, Pampered Chef items, Greek Specialities and so much more!  We have expanded our exhibitor hall to make it an even more beautiful place to shop!

Want to join us in 2016 as a crafter or vendor? If you are interested in participating as a Marketplace vendor at the 2016 St. Sophia Greek Festival, contact us in early 2016 for applications.  Please email for an application.


We will begin listing our vendors for the Marketplace in the Spring of 2016.


Please join us for a weekend full of fun for all!
On behalf of all of the Stewards of St. Sophia.....THANK YOU!