Greek festival to take place this weekend

February 8, 2014 by  

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church is currently holding its 30th annual Greek Glendi food festival in Manatee just outside of Bradenton this weekend to enable the community to sample a wide range of Greek culinary dishes. No doubt the church has been using flyer printing and poster printer to announce this event to the community.

The festival is expected to draw 13,000 people. Popi Ameres is working with 200 volunteers to cook many Greek favorites, such as baklava and gyros, as well as less known dishes such as Greek meatballs and Greek lasagna and wines imported from Greece, including Nemea or Naoussa. The crew is planning to cook up almost 2,700 lamb shanks.

Ameres is the owner of Popi’s Place, a Greek-American diner, and remarked that all the food is imported from Greece and Greek olive oil makes the dishes authentic.

One of the chairmen of the festival, Lakis Pape, commented that the lamb shanks are the “best anywhere”. Pape and three other people began planning the festival in July. Pape has been one of those who has been working on the festival for 10 years.

Other attractions include St. Barbara’s Hellenic dancers, live music, guided tours of the church, and a marketplace with Greek clothing, jewelry, and other handmade items. It got underway on Thursday and comes to an end at 8:00 pm tomorrow.