Grecian Festival to feature food and fun
Marlborough - A chance to enjoy some of the finest Greek food in the Metrowest area and help a church rebuild structures vital to its mission are in store for area residents who take time next weekend to participate in the Grecian Festival presented by Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church.
The festival will be held at the church – at 9 Central St. – Sunday Sept. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. and Monday Sept. 3 (Labor Day) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"It should be another great time," said John Gagas, co-chair of the festival. "Last year we had a terrific turnout, about 3,000 people. We ran out of all the food we had."
Last year was the first time the Grecian Festival was held by Saints Anargyroi in several years because of a February 2001 fire that ravaged the church and destroyed the fellowship hall and the Sunday school building.
"That's why we've brought back the festival," Gagas said. "We want to rebuild the buildings and we don't have the money to do so, so all the money we raise at the festival will go into the Building Fund."
Gagas, who is the owner/ operator of Family House of Pizza, 329 Maple St., Marlborough, said that while food is often the focal point of any Greek get-together, there will be other things to do as well.
"There will be a lot of things to do, a lot of things," Gagas said. "They'll be lots of singing and dancing, and for anyone who wants to learn how to dance Greek, there will be people there to teach them."
Gagas said there will also be a raffle to assist the Building Fund as well as a souvenir stand that will have something Greek for everyone – including hats, Greek flags and key chains.
The focus of the festival, however, as it always has been, is the food. There'll be plenty and no matter how finicky a diner festival-goers may be, there will be something for everyone.
"We've got all kinds of stuff , but the biggest sellers by far, like always, will be the lamb, pork and chicken shish-kabobs," Gagas said. "We always run out of those first."
Also on the menu is spanakopita (a spinach and feta cheese pie), pasticio (Greek lasagna), stuff ed grape leaves, Greek salad, gyros, loukaniko (Greek sausage) and hot dogs.
Among the many pastries that will be on hand will be baklava – a Gagas specialty – as well as loukoumades (fried dough Greek-style).
Gagas and his staff prepare everything fresh, nothing is frozen. As a result, his Fam- ily House of Pizza will be closed for two days so that all the food for the festival can be prepared and cooked at the restaurant and then delivered piping hot to the festival.
The busier of the two days is often Labor Day, Gagas said, because so many of the people who come out to watch the parade make the short walk over to the festival.
"It usually gets pretty busy on Monday," Gagas said. "The gyros station is hectic, but we'll have the Dream Team of Penny, Cathy and Heather there to make sure everything runs smoothly."
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