Nashua church festival to celebrate Greek culture
The two-day event, which runs this Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., has become a springtime tradition for thousands of local fans who crave a taste of homemade Greek cooking and a chance to do some Greek dancing with people who actually know the steps.
As in years past, volunteers will be serving up favorite dishes such as dolmethes, spanakopita, gyros and pastichio, a Greek-style lasagna. The menu also includes roasted chicken and marinated lamb cooked over an open fire.
“And we’ll have loukamades, being made fresh,” said Petren who added that many people compare that specialty to a doughnut hole with honey sauce.
Guests can dine indoors or under a heated tent, and they are also welcomed to pack up and take home as much baklava as they can carry.
The Hellenic Dance Troupe, led by Maria Donati, will perform Friday and Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. followed by live music and dancing. A bounce house, games and other activities will be available for younger festival guests.
Although weather forecasters have predicted rain for both Friday and Saturday, Petren said that shouldn’t discourage anyone from joining this year’s festival.
“It’s a good time, no matter what the weather is,” she said. “And the food — it really is the best.”