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Greek festival slated for West Pasco church

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Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM
NEW PORT RICHEY -

A festival at St. George Greek Orthodox Church will give West Pasco residents something to cheer about late in January.

Visitors might be greeted with a hearty Yia sou, the Greek hello, when they arrive at the St. George's All Authentic Greek Food and Fun Festival over three days Friday through Sunday, Jan. 29-31.

The festival has drawn huge crowds in previous years to the church grounds at 9426 Little Road in New Port Richey. Organizers say there's plenty to do to keep the whole family busy.

The celebration of Greek culture and food will include a pig and lamb roast, organizers report.

Greek folk dancing groups will perform for spectators. Bands will perform.

Food booths, home-cooked sweets, raffle prizes and carnival rides are part of festival plans.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30. Hours on Sunday, Jan. 31, will be noon to 8 p.m.

Admission will be $1. Parking is free. For more information, call 727-868-5911.

In the past, examples of Greek dishes on the menu have included gyro sandwiches, souvlaki flame-broiled pork or chicken, Tyropita cheese pie, Mezethakia combination plates, Athenian chicken, pastitso Greek lasagna and Spanakopita filo dough. Hot dogs and other American fare will be available, too.

Desserts could include Loukoumades, deep-fried batter puffs topped with cinnamon and honey.

Typical pastries have been baklava, diples pastry swirls, birds nest strawberry tarts, Galataboureko custard-filled filo, Koulourakia cookie treats, eclairs and Kourabiethes butter cookies.

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