History of Opa! Fest



ST. NICHOLAS TROY OPAfest is the longest consecutive running Greek Festival in the Detroit
Metropolitan area. This year, we celebrate our Sliver Anniversary, yes, 25 years of our Hellenic heritage and Orthodox faith with the community.
In 1993, a few parishioners who worked for many years on the Ethnic River Festival said,” we need to start the Greek Festival again”. Sitting in the lobby of our new home in Troy, Happy Methodakis, Mary Ball, Fran Eldis, Fr. Nicholas Harbatis,  Ann Feles, Steve Lionas, Gorge Parks, and  Karen Cosmos,  gathered thinking not how do achieve this goal but what should we call it. After tossing around many ideas, they decided on “St. Nicholas Greek OPAfest”.
That was our beginning and with only tents, refrigerator trailers. With help from parishioners who had restaurants,  the many ladies baking our pastries, to the workers grilling over the hot grills in the sun and cutting salads the dream had been achieved.
Since those early days, we have progressed with our kitchen and facilities to help make planning  easier, in order to offer our Greek Treats and hospitality.
OpaFest has been a major fundraiser for our community focusing on our mission of  promoting Hellenism, Orthodox education, philanthropy, civic responsibilities, and family values.
OPAFEST also support local organization as Focus Detroit, Gleaners, Red Cross Blanket Drive, Judson Center, Children’s Hospital of Detroit, Ann Arbor Mott Children’s Hospital and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center and Work It Out to name a few.
With this said, we are indebted to all the people, organizations for their unconditional physical, and financial support to fulfill our mission. And to our greater community, to all our patrons and friends THANK YOU for your unconditional and continued support of St. Nicholas OPAfest.