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25th Annual Greek Festival


Greek food is so good. Good tasting and probably pretty good for you, too. Though maybe not for the waistline, but that's probably why it's so good.

There are some things on the menu at this year's Greek Festival that you don't have to worry all that much about, like the Greek water (the festival's online menu promises "It's better!").

Seriously, all that olive oil in which they submerge those tasty little stuffed dolmades and drizzle over Greek salads isn't bad for you. We hear it's OK for those with even the most restricted diets to drink it, as long as they don't guzzle it.

But then again, you're not going to get skinny at the event which is celebrating its 25th year Thursday through Sunday at Saints Constantine and Helen Orthodox Cathedral. You're not going to lose any weight eating things like the pastichio, a mound of pasta layered with grated cheese and ground beef and topped with a rich cream sauce. Especially if you start off with the spanakopita or tiropita, which is just buttered filo dough stuffed with cheese (there's also spinach in the spanakopita).

Then there are evil little creations like the baklava, and the walnut cookies, and the butter cookies, and the three-layer Grecian cake, and the almond mix baked golden brown and sprinkled with toasted almonds ... well, there's always Greek dancing at this event. Who knows? Maybe you'll break even.

The festival begins at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and closes at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Menu items are sold a la carte and most do not exceed $5. The cathedral is located at 30 Malvern Ave.

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