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St. Andrew’s celebrates 52nd annual Greek Festival

 

Loukoumades.  Credit: Samantha Witthuhn

Loukoumades. Credit: Samantha Witthuhn

This past weekend, July 13 – 14, St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church celebrated its 52nd annual Greek Festival just off Bryn Mawr Avenue. The two-day event featured colorful Grecian dancers, live music, traditional food, indoor marketplace, a highly anticipated raffle and, not-to-mention, great weather.

For just a $3 entrance fee, festival-goers were given a hearty taste, literally, of Greek customs and culture at every turn. From the food tent to the stage, individuals found themselves exploring new tastes and learning about the Church’s presence in the community.

Upon entering the event, many participants felt a warm welcome by Greek natives who encouraged cultural rookies to link arms and try their hand (or foot) at traditional Greek dancing. While many tripped over their feet as they blindly plunged left, right, left, others displayed clean and impressive footwork while they lead the group around the circle.

Those who weren’t dancing were taking advantage of the many specialty foods and treats offered throughout the festival. Among the delicacies were the famous Loukoumades, which are balls of fried dough soaked in honey and cinnamon. Commonly referred to as the Greek donut, loukoumades were the festival’s go-to dessert after a dinner of gyros, tiropitas (Greek-style cheese pie) and spanakopitas (Greek-style spinach pie).

Inside, participants were given the opportunity to take a bit of Greece home with them through an indoor fair. The church transformed its gymnasium into a small marketplace with vendors selling jewelry, home goods, Greek Orthodox literature and delicious baked goods made fresh by church members.

St. Andrew’s organizes its Greek Festival every year in an attempt to raise money and inject a little bit of Greek culture into the Edgewater neighborhood. The event is scheduled to take place again next year from July 12-13, 2014.

St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church was first established in 1926 and is located at 5649 N. Sheridan Road. Reverend John N. Kalomas serves as its most recent proistamenos, and the church is always accepting of new members.


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