St. Barbara's sets menu, prices for Orange pickup fest called Odyssey Express

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It’s hard to imagine anything getting in the way of Odyssey: A Greek Festival at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in Orange in its 40th year. Or it was hard to imagine before 2020 came at us like a “Twilight Zone” episode.

The typically four-day fest of music, dance, tag sale and food has been renamed “Odyssey Express” and boiled down to pickup food event Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6, from noon to 8 p.m. You pre-order, pre-pay and pick up your gyros ($8), souvlaki ($8-$12.50), pastitsio ($10), spanakopita ($5) or Greek pastry pack ($10.50), but no lamb.

The Rev. Peter Orfanakos, priest at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, told Hearst’s Pam McLoughlin that officials didn’t cancel the event entirely for a reason.

“In this ever-changing pandemic world, we wanted to bring a little normalcy,” Orfanakos said. “We wanted to keep everyone safe and provide this food.”

The annual event is also the church’s major fundraiser each year.

You can order online at Odysseyexpress.org and pick up curbside at the church grounds, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange.