SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - For 35 years, the Springfield Glendi Festival has been a fixture here in Western Massachusetts.
The spirited music and the dancing are just two of the reasons Greek-Americans love sharing their traditions with western Massachusetts. They feel right at home being in the shadow of St. George Greek orthodox cathedral and the Greek cultural center.
Father Christopher Stamos of the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral told 22News, “It's a wonderful way for us to open up our doors to the greater community to welcome them in, to show them a little bit of Greek culture, art, music, dance and certainly the food.”
The people who make the food, whose recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, take pride in impressing the many visitors to Glendi.
“Making honey balls and they are fried dough and they come out in little balls and then what we do, we coat them with sugar, water, lemon cinnamon cloves, we serve them and they've finger licking good,” said Desperna Costa, a Glendi chef.
The Glendi Itinerary also provides an opportunity to tour the cathedral and learn about the many facets of Greek culture.
The three day celebration won't be over until 7 O'clock Sunday evening. The window of opportunity remains open for those with plans to see its all about.