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A Greek bake sale in Ipswich March 12, 2008

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The Melissa Society of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich, will host a bake sale on Saturday, March 22, beginning at 10 a.m.

The bake sale will feature Greek and American pastries and homemade baked goods.

The bake sale will be held in the inside corridor outside Family Dollar, 15 Market Street, Ipswich, MA, USA. A portion of the proceeds raised from the bake sale will be donated to the Ipswich Food Pantry.

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The Upper Darby Greek Festival next May March 12, 2008

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If you can’t travel to Greece, Greece will come to you… at least for four days, May 15, 16, 17, and 18, at the annual Upper Darby Greek Festival.

Come out and enjoy the best in Greek gourmet foods, dance to live music and watch the colorful dance groups perform in their authentic costumes. You can believe it. The Upper Darby Greek Festival does indeed capture the richness of the Greek culture in a family environment.

Everyone is invited to attend the free, annual Greek Festival, sponsored by the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Community, located at Powell Lane and Marshall Road in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA.

Taste the best in Greek food such as souvlaki, gyro, shiskabob, mousaka, pastitsio, pita, and many more. There will also be the mouth-watering Greek pastries such as baklava and kataifi. Also there are amusements for the young and the “young at heart”, arts and crafts, exquisite handmade jewelry lines, varied clothing and other Greek imports.

The times for the four day festival are >
Thursday May 15th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday May 16th from 5:00pm to 12 midnight
Saturday May 17th from 11:00am to 12 midnight
Sunday May 18th from 12 noon to 9:00pm

So come out and share the warmth and hospitality of Greeks everywhere. Head for the Upper Darby Greek Festival on May 15, 16, 17 and 18 to hear the live Bouzouki music, taste stuffed grape leaves, eat some sweets and most importantly have some fun!

Australian Greek festival focus on food March 1, 2008

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Greek men were preparing fish yesterday at the Hellenic Hall in North Hobart for tomorrow’s Estia Greek Festival.

With a fine 21C predicted, event co-ordinator Alanah Diamantis, of Berriedale, is expecting more than 5000 people will attend the street festival. Festival chairwoman Helen Kalis said the event was getting bigger each year as more people from the wider community became involved. “In the beginning, people would say: ‘What’s Estia?‘ Now they know it means Greek Festival,” she said.

Among the 200 volunteers were Australians with non-Greek backgrounds, she said. “It’s come a long way since it started and is something that we are proud of,” she said. Mrs Diamantis said: “It’s a real way to combine the Australian and Greek cultures and show and educate people about what is on offer.”

Traditional Greek cuisine, music, dancing, art and wine will be highlights of the event, now in its 15th year. With food this year’s theme, the committee has published traditional recipes in the festival program.

While the street party tomorrow is a highlight, the festival continues until March 28 and other events include:

  • A soccer match between Italian and Greek teams at Sandy Bay’s Sandown Park on Monday March 10 from 1pm.
  • A Taverna Night at the Hellenic Hall, with live Greek music by Bouzouki Boys, Saturday March 15, 7.30pm, $40 a head.
  • A fashion parade at the Hellenic Hall on March 28 at 8pm, $25 for adults, $15 for children under 16 and under-10 free.
  • For information and bookings, call 0400 823 105.

Greek Festival > West Palm Beach March 1, 2008

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Discover the tradition and culture of Greece at this 33rd annual festival presented by the Greek community of St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church at Southern Boulevard and Flagler Drive (at the foot of the Southern Boulevard Bridge) in West Palm Beach.

Enjoy the artistry and rhythm of the award-winning “Heart of Greece” dancers as they perform in full traditional dress; live orchestra for dancing by the Hellenics Band (Bouzouki music); Greek dance lessons (learn Zorba’s Dance); enjoy homemade Greek delicacies and authentic cuisine; Greek beverages such as Ouzo and Metaxa (in the Taverna); delicious pastries and Greek coffee in the bakery and coffee shop; and Greek imports featuring some of the newest jewelry, arts and crafts, paintings and specialty boutique items. 

Location > West Palm Beach venue, West Palm Beach  FL  33401
Sat, 3/1 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun, 3/2 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Cost: Adults $4 donation; children under 12 w/adult free
Info: (561) 833 6387

Greek Dinner on March 2 February 14, 2008

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St. George Greek Orthodox church to host a Greek Dinner on March 2

If your craving baklava and can’t wait until the Greek Festival in September, not to worry. St. George Greek Orthodox Church is hosting a Greek Dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the church, 701 11th Avenue, Huntington.

The menu includes lamb or chicken, Greek-style potatoes and green beans, spanakopita (spinach triangles), tiropita (cheese triangles), salad, bread and baklava, as well as coffee or tea.

Advance tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children younger than 10. Tickets will be $16 at the door.

Call (304) 525-5634 or (304) 522-7890 for tickets. For more information, visit www.stgeorgehwv.org

Greek festival’s 3-day run starts Friday in Peoria October 31, 2007

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Baklava is but one of the pastry treats that await you at this weekend’s Taste of Greek Festival in Peoria. It’s the 20th year for the bash, held this year at St. Haralambos Church.

The koulouria (twisted cookies) are baked, the dolmades are stuffed and the lamb is roasted. You can enjoy these Greek delights and more at the Taste of Greece Food and Dance Festival. The festival, in its 20th year, runs Friday through Sunday at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Peoria. Organizers boast it’s the only Greek festival west of the Piestewa Freeway.

“There is a large Greek population in the West Valley, and it’s only getting bigger as the population continues to grow out here,” says Father Michael Pallad, pastor of St. Haralambos.

For its 20th anniversary, the Taste of Greece Festival has been planned as its biggest ever, featuring Greek music and dance, tours of the church to explain the icons and rituals of the Orthodox Church, and food. Lots of food; There will be thousands of cookies; hundreds of loaves of tsourekia, a braided sweet bread; dozens of legs of lamb, all available for visitors to the festival.

“There is a huge assortment,” says Stella Pagos, food chairwoman for the festival. “Food is the main attraction of the festival.” And everything, from the moussaka to the baklava, is made from scratch by members of the parish.

“We’ve been cooking for about a month already. It is a huge community effort. We have 10 to 20 people working daily down at the church to get everything ready. We started with the pastries and as we get closer we’re going to do the entrees,” Pagos says.

According to Pagos, Greek festivals started about 50 years ago in the Midwest as a way to maintain Greek heritage and traditions in America. And as anyone who has seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding knows, food is central to Greek culture.

“We’re making the sort of food you would have at your yaya’s (grandmother’s) house when the family gets together after church on Sunday.”

Taste of Greece Food & Dance Festival, 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 10320 N. 84th Ave., Peoria. Admission $2. Details: 623-486-8665, www.peoriagreekfest.com.

Holy Trinity plans fall Greek festival luncheon, bake sale October 31, 2007

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The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville will host a Greek luncheon and bake sale 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. November 4 at the Hellenic Center on Cumberland Avenue.

Homemade Greek dishes, including souvlaki, spanakopita and Greek salad, will be served cafeteria style. The event also features Greek folk dancing.

Pastries and breads may be ordered in advance by calling 253-7424. Carryout orders will also be available during the event. Call the church office at 253-3754.