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You're invited to Greek out

St. George's Greek Orthodox Church prepares to host its 28th annual Greek Festival
by Dave Cathey Published: September 12, 2012

You can purchase tickets ahead of time for $12, part of which goes to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and get all that or split your ticket in $6 increments to use under the tent. The presold ticket also includes $3 for admission.

The church will also serve Greek wine (my kind of church!) and homemade baklava and loukoumades, a fried pastry smothered in honey and cinnamon. Available pastries include Koulourakia, Kourambiethes, Melomakarouna, Pasta Flora, Baklava Cheesecake and Almond Cookies.

The church will echo with Greek music from a band called Keffi, which promises to play classic folk while the church's three dance troupes perform in traditional regalia. When you're not eating, which won't be often, you're invited to get your back up off the wall and dance along or tour the church for a look at authentic Byzantine mosaics, learn about Greek Orthodox tradition and the history of Saint George. A Greek marketplace will offer art and jewelry modeled after Greek antiquities, iconography, clothes and pottery.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and goes until 10 p.m. Things wind down at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Parthenon Kitchen operates from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information or presale tickets, go online to greekfestokc.com or call 751-1885. You may also pre-order pastries online, which is encouraged because they go fast.

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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