EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke in East Longmeadow held its annual "A Taste of Greece" festival Saturday night.
"A Taste of Greece" is just that; a three day event that features lots of food, lots of music and lots of tradition.
The "Taste of Greece" festival has been bringing Greek tradition to East Longmeadow for 11 years. Greek Americans proud to share traditions filled with music, food and dancing.
Julie Cokotis told 22News, "I am volunteering as a St. Luke dancer. This is a tradition. Even as college kids we come back every year and do this."
It's an event that takes months to prepare for.
"A Taste of Greece" president Joe Dasco said that preparation"…starts in July and continues to the end of October. Every week there is a different workshop for the pastries out front."
Over 100 parishioners from the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke volunteer their time to feed thousands who attend the three day event. Each dish served with tradition that dates back to the ingredients used to make them.
Parishioner and baker Lanie Alexoplulos explained,"From Greece, they only had certain ingredients. A lot of the cookies are made with butter, and that is an ingredient they had, and nuts. Our bread is made with wheats called Mystica and Nalepa, and that's native of Greece."
As could be seen from the line that continued outside the entrance, the main draw for this event is food. People told 22News, the secret to getting a taste of Greece is to make sure you come hungry.
Dave Corcoram of East Longmeadow said, "We came to pick up some Greek takeout. The Greek gyros, we are going to try those. Hopefully we can get in there quick."
The festival is free of charge.
Joe Dasco told 22News they expect two to three thousand people to attend over the three days the event is going on.
Sunday is the last day of the festival, so you may want to come early to get a last taste of Greece… until next year.