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Friday, October 16, 2015

45th Annual Greek Food Bazaar returns to Berks County Oct. 16-18

Visit Greece without leaving Berks County when the 45th Annual Greek Food Bazaar returns this weekend at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

In addition to authentic Greek food and pastry, the three-day festival (Oct. 16-17-18) features live music, folk dancing, gift rooms and church tours.
Check out new menu items offered under the large tent, which features an expanded seating area.
The food is prepared and cooked on the premises by church members using family recipes handed down through generations.
 
Athenian-style chicken platters, which come a half-backed chicken, rice pilaf, Greek-style string beans, a Greek salad, roll and butter will be offered all weekend in the main dining hall for $12. You can also substitute Plaki (fresh fish fillet baked with vegetables, herbs and wine) or Souvlaki (chunks of marinated pork) on the platter meal.
There are also a la carte items such Gyro (beef and lamb slices) and Souvlaki (pork shis-ke-bob) sandwiches; Calamari (squid) cooked in tomatoes and wine; Moussaka (eggplant casserole); Arni Psito (roast lamb cooked with herbs); and Pastitsio (layered Greek pasta, seasoned with chopped beef topped with b├ęchamel sauce).
A variety of imported Greek wines and spirits, including Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, are available, as well as domestic and imported beers.
After a hearty meal, there’s plenty to see and do on the church grounds. The Agora (Greek market) offers packaged Greek foods and prepared dishes you can take home. The Kafenio (Greek coffee house) features fresh-brewed Greek-style coffee, rice pudding and pastries in a relaxed atmosphere.
All food items are available to eat-in in or take-out.
It wouldn’t be a Greek food festival without a stop in the pastry room, where you can sample Baklava (almonds, butter and honey layered in flaky pastry), Teelikta (walnuts, butter and honey rolled in flaky pastry); Kourabiethes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar); Koulourakia (Greek twisted butter cookie); and Galaktobouriko (a filo pastry filled with custard and moistened with honey syrup).
Another Greek delicacy offered throughout the weekend is Loukoumades (puffed honey balls), a warm, dough pastry topped with syrup, cinnamon and chopped nuts.
Visitors can also shop for original artwork, gold jewelry and items imported from Greece in various gift rooms.
Bazaar hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Additional parking is available at the adjacent Berks Catholic High School lot. The festival will be held rain or shine.
The church is located at 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., about a half-mile from Business Route 222 South, also known as Lancaster Avenue.
For directions or more information, call 610-374-7511 or visit www.stsconstantinehelen.org

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