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10th ANNUAL CENTRAL GEORGIA GREEK FESTIVAL COMING TO MACON

The sights, sounds and flavors of Greece will arrive in Middle Georgia October 13th, when Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church opens its tenth annual Central Georgia Greek Festival next to the church, 859 First St., Macon, next to Middle Georgia Medical Center.

The festival, featuring live music, dancing, authentic Greek food, art, shopping, jewelry, religious artifacts and church tours, will be held from 11am – 10pm on October 13th and 14th and from 11am – 3pm on October 15th.

Look for the big white tents and listen for the sounds of live bouzouki music played George Pete Karras based out of Dayton, Ohio. George is a founding member of The Greek Tycoons band; he has been playing the bouzouki since the age of 16. The Greek Tycoons latest release is titled, Greek Tycoons Live. Dancers from Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church of Marietta, Georgia, dressed in colorful costumes of the Greek islands, will be entertaining, but it’s not unusual for anyone in the crowd to join in. Be careful, because if your foot taps too much, you just might get pulled into dancing yourself! The atmosphere is light and happy, overflowing with laughter and brimming with fun.

The South is steeped in a strong religious background and because of this, Holy Cross knows that many will be interested in hearing about the history of Orthodox Christianity. For this reason, Father John Stefero, the priest of Holy Cross, will be conducting tours of the Church all three days. Hundreds enjoyed the tours of the historic church last year and the accompanying narrative about Orthodoxy.

The dining is unsurpassed and the Greeks figured this out centuries ago. Macon is going to be treated to traditional Grecian dishes like never before. Pastisio (pronounced Pas-tee’-tsio) is basked pasta and ground beef with an incredibly delicious béchamel topping that scintillates the taste buds. Served with their famous Greek Salad and a baguette and paired with some Delicious Greek Wine from the islands. If that isn’t enough, then sample the Church Souvlaki (pronounced soo-vla’-kee). Skewered and grilled with Greek spices and served with a cold glass of imported beer and you have a combination that will make your taste buds say OPA! Then, there is the standard Gyro sandwich (pronounced yee’-roe). Who can resist the roasted lamb and beef combination served on pita bread with the famous tsatziki sauce (pronounced zad-zee’-kee), lettuce, tomato and onions and a soft drink? For dessert, imagine a serving of Baklava or even Baklava Sundae and a piping hot cup of Greek Coffee, but give your taste buds a chance to sample the other fine pastries as well. Try the kourambiethes (pronounced koo-ram-bee-ye’-thes) or koulouia (pronounced koo-loor’-reeya). The loukomathes (pronounced loo-ko-ma’-thes) are very challenging to prepare, but the Greek ladies have perfected it over the years. It is very similar to a crisp doughnut with cinnamon and sugar and honey and it is wildly popular! Have you been to our festival without saying the word “OPA”? If so, try some Ouzo and the words will slide right out! This is just the beginning! Come out to the festival to see what else is on our menu!

A variety of vendors, more this year than ever before, will offer; jewelry; shirts; souvenirs; imported Greek foods, spices, wine, feta cheese, olives and other delicacies. There will be Christmas ornaments, crosses, music and other religious items, souvenirs and a variety of gifts designed to spiritually inspire. Holy Cross’ bookstore and Christmas corner will be open throughout the festival, offering religious books, icons, and traditional Orthodox items. We will also have an area for children that will include face painting, sand art, coloring, and sidewalk chalk.

For more information, visit our website http://www.holycross.ga.goarch.org/ or visit us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Georgia-Greek-Festival/194950710525459.

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