Chandler festival to feature Greek food, music, dancing – and flaming cheese!

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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If you’re not familiar with dolmathes, spanakopita, and saganaki (aka “flaming cheese”), you’re in for a treat this weekend at the 30th semi-annual Greek Festival at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Chandler.

The event – which features Greek food, music, dancing, shopping, and children’s activities – runs 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Church volunteers have spent weeks preparing dishes like dolmathes (grape leaves stuffed with ground beef, seasoned rice, and herbs), spanakopita (pastry dough filled with spinach and cheeses), and pastichio (a Greek version of lasagna).

There’ll be Greek sausages, chicken and lamb gyros, barbecue lamb on a spit, and, of course, saganaki (pictured).

Desserts will include baklava (phyllo dough layers with nuts and spices), kourabiedes (shortbread-like biscuits), and loukoumades (fried dough balls soaked in honey).

Admission is $3, and kids under 12 are free. You can get two free admissions by going to the fest’s website website.

St. Katherine is located on Dobson, just south of Elliot. There’s free parking and a shuttle bus from Seton High School on Dobson, just north of Ray.

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