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italyinmind May 14, 2007 02:11 PM

Anyone know of a good one? Ideally happening sometime this summer, and in the Cambridge/Somerville area. Growing up (not in Boston) I used to love the annual Greek Food Festivals near my parents' house, but haven't been to one in years.

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    EllenMM RE: italyinmind May 14, 2007 02:19 PM

    Yes - I just noticed the posting for St. Athanasius' festival, the first weekend on June. The church is on Appleton St., off Mass. Ave. in Arlington, between Arl. Ctr. and Arl. Hts. It's always outstandingly good food and crowded!!!!!

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      Aromatherapy RE: EllenMM May 14, 2007 02:25 PM

      Thanks! I was just thinking that was about due...

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        Dax RE: EllenMM May 15, 2007 12:00 PM

        That one rocks. Here is a post from '05.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/15222...

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        BBHound RE: italyinmind May 14, 2007 02:27 PM

        In Somerville, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church on Central St. holds a major festrival in early September. No announcement about this year yet. Went last year and the food was great.

        www.dormitionchurch.org

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          Bob Dobalina RE: BBHound May 15, 2007 07:51 AM

          Second that - good greek chow.

        2. Trixie Too RE: italyinmind May 14, 2007 02:48 PM

          http://www.mygreekfestival.com

          In Woburn, June 8, 9, and 10th. Haven't been, but my neighbors said it was great.

          1. rlh RE: italyinmind May 14, 2007 03:18 PM

            The Arlington one is really good -- and really crowded -- and not really cheap at all. I highly recommend going early in the day (lunch on Saturday, for instance) if you want the very best, most complete, and freshest selection.

            I went late on Sunday once and got some lamb remnants that were very, very disappointing (nothing but bone and gristle and overcooked meat shards) and when I asked for replacements they were out -- so I had a tasty, but ordinary gyro.

            1. trufflehound RE: italyinmind May 14, 2007 06:15 PM

              Worcester alternates between Greek and Albanian. This year the albanian festival is June 1,2,3.

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                Scruffy The Cat RE: italyinmind May 14, 2007 07:05 PM

                Just missed the one at the Evangelical Greek Church in Newton Center this past weekend, but don't be too sad, they do it twice a year. There's another in the fall.

                Superb food, very small and low-key atmosphere (no music or other activities). Not terribly inexpensive, but the food rivals some of the best Greek restaurants around and it is a fundraiser afterall.

                They have a wonderful combo plate which allows you a generous taste of pretty much everything they offer: moussaka, pastitsio, souvlaki, rice, salad, and tzatziki.
                Then they also offer a dessert combo plate with baklava, galactobouriko, kourabiedes, koulourakia and either melomakarona (fenikia) or karythopita (walnut cake).

                IMHO it's got the best food of the Greek festivals.

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                  Taralli RE: italyinmind May 15, 2007 08:17 AM

                  Taxiachae (Archangels) church in Watertown's Coolidge Square, 25 Bigelow St. 2007 Grecian Festival will be held on Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. Festival hours are: Friday Take-out Lunch only-11 AM to 2 PM; Regular Hours Friday and Saturday from 3 PM to 11 PM, and Sunday from 12 noon to 8 PM. You can also hit the Armenian shops & bakeries on Mt. Auburn St.

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                    ginnyhw RE: italyinmind May 15, 2007 10:39 AM

                    I remember a big Greek Festival every summer in Central Square - I can picture the banner. The church is on Magazine St. - I googled them - name is Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

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