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Gigantic Greek Food Bazaar November 4, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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The gigantic Greek Orthodox Bazaar will serve 10,000 hungry people this weekend, but it also feeds the spirit of the congregation that does the cooking.

If you belong to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Hershey Avenue, odds are you’ve been doing a lot of stirring, cooking, layering, stuffing and cutting in the last several days. And perhaps most important, you’ve been volunteering together and tightening the bonds of your church community. Having to feed 10,000 hungry people over two days helps you really get to know the folks you attend church with every Sunday.

It’s time for the annual Greek Food Bazaar, coming up Saturday and Sunday at the church at 64 Hershey Ave. And hundreds of volunteers, both young and old, are spending days and nights putting it all together.

In the last week, more than 1,100 dinners, all homemade with traditional Greek food, have been cooked and packaged. And thousands more a la carte items, like stuffed grape leaves, endless Greek pastries and pastitsio, a Greek version of lasagna, have been made.

Hundreds of volunteers work diligently to get the food ready and then serve it during a crazy two-day period when it seems like everybody in Lancaster is congregating at 64 Hershey Ave.

The 48th annual Greek Food Bazaar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 64 Hershey Ave. The price is $8 per platter for advanced sales and $9 at the door. Take-out service will be available. For more information, call 394-1735.

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