Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Festival
The Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church will hold its Annual Greek Festival on Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 37 Lake Parkway in Webster, MA.
“We have another great festival prepared with delicious ethnic foods and pastries, Greek music and our own traditional Greek dancers. We will have a Greek Kafeneio (coffee shop) which will highlight “Baklava Sundays,” Greek coffee, and Frappes, along with a Book Store and Craft Shop, Thematic Basket Table and a Gift Raffle where one can win a 55” HDTV, a Bose Radio, an Motorola Droid Phone, and a $300 Gift Certificate to the store of their choice. Most of all, we’re excited to bring the warm and hospitable Greek spirit to Webster!” said Fr. Luke Veronis, the priest of the Church. “This is a wonderful time to bring families together. We hope the entire central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut communities join us for this special event!”
“One of the special attractions will be our Greek Dance group, who will be performing Saturday at 1:30 and 5pm and Sunday at 1:30,” noted Nike Beaudry, the director of the Church’s dance troupe. “We have learned 10 new traditional dances for this year’s festival!”
The authentic Greek foods and pastry continue to be the main attraction. The Church boasts many talented women who continue the cooking and baking traditions learned from their mothers and grandmothers, bringing a variety of family recipe secrets. Helen Pappas leads the baklava team using the recipe she learned from her mother 50 years ago. Eleni Xanthopoulos heads the tsouraki (braided bread) and kouroulakia (Greek cookie) teams, bringing her own recipes from Greece. Other pastry favorites include kourabiedes (butter cookies) finikia (walnut cake), and the famous Greek fried “honey balls” called loukoumades.
The menu will include the delicious lamb and chicken shish-kebabs and gyros, which are grilled on sight, along with such Greek specialties as pastitsia (a Greek casserole made of pasta, cheese, and hamburger) and spanakopita and tiropita (spinach and cheese pitas), which have become a favorite of local residents.
A children’s booth will offer activities for children, with a bouncing house, special games and activities!