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Opa! Come celebrate the zest of being Greek!


     Experience the tastes and sounds of Greece by joining Montgomerians of all ages at the city's Annual Greek Food Festival and Pastry Sale on Fri. – Sat., Nov. 1-2.  With scents of fresh lemon juice, oregano, garlic – mainstays of Greek cooking – enticing your tastebuds, and live Greek music filling the air, the Festival provides Montgomery's best opportunity to experience the taste and sounds of the "old country."  

     Upon arriving you'll be confronted with your only difficult decision:  what to order? So why not come with a crowd and share?  With a variety of lunch and dinner offerings, festival-goers can choose between authentic favorites such as lamb, Athenian chicken, and pastichio (PAHS-STEECH'-YO, Greek lasagna). A meatless entree will also be offered again this year:  the ever popular giant spanakopites (SPAH-NAH-KOH'-PEE-TAYS, buttered filo filled with a mixture of spinach and feta cheese.)  Entrees are served with all the Greek trimmings, including; Greek-style green beans; a tyropita (TEE-ROH'-PEE-TAH, a baked filo/feta cheese triangle); Greek salad and a roll. 

      And who can resist those mouth-watering pastries?  Baklava (BAH-KLAH-VAH'), bird nests, almond crescents, flogheres (FLO-YER'-RAYS), and kataifi (KA-TAH-EE'-FEE), just to name a few, will all be available as the perfect topper to any authentic Greek meal.  If you simply can't decide on which ones to purchase, try a sampler box that allows you to have your pick!

    The Greek Grocery and Gift Shop will also be open during the festival, for the purchase of Greek specialty foods and gift items such as icons, Greek sailor's hats, and worry beads to provide the perfect gift for any Greekphile.  Visitors may also tour the adjacent Greek Orthodox Church, with its stunning hand-painted replicas of 4th century Byzantine icons. The church is definitely a Montgomery treasure!   

     Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Capitol Parkway and Mt. Meigs Road.  Tickets can be pre-purchased by calling the GOC Community Center at 263-1366 or by contacting a church member. Chicken, pastichio, and vegetarian plates are $12 and lamb plates are $14. Pastry prices vary. Diners can eat in the community center or purchase a takeout meal.

Source: Greek Orthodox Church;

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