Many realize that and although not everyone can cook, some parishioners set up, serve and clean up, others help by making donations, sponsoring the cost of the ingredients that go into making the food to be sold in support of their church.
Although in the past the women of the parish have made the famed Greek desserts and casserole dishes like moussaka and pastichio, Housiantis said this year he’s seen the men pitching there, too.
And as the founding generation of the festival ages, Momoxelos is “starting to see new faces,” as the younger generation steps up to learn how it’s done. They’ll have to ensure their church survives, and so the throngs who attend Yankee Homecoming can enjoy this work of Greek culinary art for years to come.
If you go:
2013 Greek Festival
Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
7 Harris Street, Newburyport
Take out and Gyro tents outside
Dining inside Nicholson Hall (which is air conditioned)
Running rain or shine:
Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cash only, but an ATM will be available
(Nuts are used in a some recipes. Before placing orders, inform servers of any food allergies)
Greek Festival Lexicon
Souvlaki, lamb or chicken shish-kabobs, grilled with lemon and oregano
Pasticho, baked pasta layered with seasoned beef and an Bechamel (rich cream) sauce
Moussaka, eggplant layered with meat and Bechamel sauces
Dolmathes, grape leaves stuffed with ground beef, rice and seasoning
Loucanico, Greek sausage with a hint of orange
Keftethes, Greek meatballs
Gyro (pronounced “yearo”), seasoned lamb and beef served on pita bread with tomatoes and tzatziki (cucumber) sauce.
Spanakopita, spinach with feta cheese, between layers of filo dough
Fasolakia, Greek style string beans with tomato sauce and onions.
Rizogalo, rice pudding
Baklava, filo layered with chopped nuts, butter and honey
Karithopita, walnut cake drenched in honey syrup
Finikia, honey cookies
Galaktoboureko, filo layered with honey saturated creme filling
Kataifi, shredded filo with nuts and honey
Koulourakia and Kourambiethes, butter and shortbread cookies, respectively.