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Greek Food Festival in South Stroudsburg May 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.

If you’re looking for a real community festival, we’ve got one. The Greek Food Festival in South Stroudsburg is under way and we can smell the mousaka and hear the Greek folk music from here. It runs through Sunday.

For the last 26 years, the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church has welcomed the local community to its annual spring food festival. From today to Sunday, the community is once again invited to participate in Greek culture and religion.

A big highlight of the festival are church tours, led by Father Theodore Petrides and are available for those interested in learning about Greek Orthodoxy and how it is practiced.

However, the food preparation for the festival takes time. The Greek congregation begins everything the first week of May. Both the men and women participate, with the women baking pastries such as baklava, which has layers of buttered filo, walnuts, and cinnamon, and kourambiedes, which are sugar butter cookies. The men prepare the main dishes of moussaka, layers of baked eggplant and potatoes topped with beef and bechamel sauce, and pastitsio, baked pasta topped with beef and bechamel sauce.

Everything served at the festival is made from scratch and cooked in the church’s kitchen. Members follow time-honored recipes, and the recipes for the pastries are available upon request. In addition, the church takes orders by phone and fax.

One of the fastest sellers has been the oven roasted leg of lamb, served with roasted potatoes, peas and a small Greek salad. Other things to look for include Olympian dancers, who will dress in traditional Greek costumes and perform folk dances from different areas of Greece. The public is invited to dance along with the group. There will also be Greek music and a kafenio, which is a Greek coffee bar.

Greek Festival > Today through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, noon to 8 p.m., Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 135 Stokes Avenue, Stroudsburg. Phone: (570) 421-5743. Orders for take-out can also be faxed to (570) 421-0469.

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