The traditional Greek music and smell of tantalizing dishes will permeate the atmosphere of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church on Sept. 22-24, when the church presents the 31st annual Weekend in Greece Culture and Food Festival.
The free, three-day festival will celebrate all things Greek, focusing on all its traditions, including food, church tours, live music and plenty of dancing.
Taverna Night, the first day kickoff of the event, will be a bit different than previous years.
“We usually have our standard first night with vegetarian food items, a DJ and such. But this year we’ve decided to make Friday more festive, featuring live music and dancing,” said Enrico Carrieri, who co-chairs the event with his wife Jamie. “We’ll be serving traditional pastries, appetizers and we will have our bar open offering Greek beer and wine.”
This year, kickoff day will feature a live bouzouki player who is popular in the region; the Greek bouzouki is a plucked musical instrument of the lute family, called the thabouras or tambouras family.
Vegetarian appetizers will be available for purchase that day as an observance of the Greek Orthodox religion, which notes fasting as a shift of our focus from simply nourishing the body to nourishing the soul.
Friday will feature the festival’s famous calamari, tiropita (cheese puff triangles made with a blend of cheeses, eggs and seasonings wrapped in filo dough), Tourlou-tourlou (a vegetable casserole of potatoes, carrots, and green beans in a tomato and garlic sauce), and vegetarian moussaka…
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