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esmom May 31, 2007 06:36 AM

Hi Everyone - Just a reminder that the AGF is this weekend!

  1. jdubboston Jun 5, 2007 06:19 PM

    Saw signs up in Central Square today for a Hellenic Festival there next week (June 15/16) at the church on Magazine Street. Is this a repeat event or new? Anyone know anything about it?

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      Taralli Jun 6, 2007 01:05 PM

      Have been going on for years. Here's some info for the next 2 weekends. Central Sq. has baked lamb, not roasted. Watertown has both roasted bahs & oinks, plus baked lamb and kebabs w/lots of side dishes & only a block from me - Yay!

      Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Festival, Cambridge, MA
      June 15 - 17, 2007
      14 Magazine Street
      Cambridge MA, 02139
      617-876-3602
      Friday & Saturday 11am - 11pm
      Sunday 12pm - 10pm
      DJ Friday, Band Saturday & Sunday.

      We are easy to find in heart of Central Square, Cambridge.
      We have been noted for our fine home-made Greek food and hospitality!!

      Watertown Taxiarchae Greek Festival 2006, Watertown, MA
      June 22 - 24. 2007
      25 Bigelow Ave
      Watertown, MA
      Hours: Friday & Saturday 3-11pm
      Sunday Noon-8 pm
      Live music Friday- Orfeas & Saturday - The Olympians Sunday Dj Hellenic Sound or more information call 617 924-8182

      1. re: Taralli
        jdubboston Jun 7, 2007 06:09 AM

        thanks for the info - will absolutely check them out!

    2. GretchenS Jun 1, 2007 01:24 PM

      Here's a link to their web site if anyone needs directions.

      http://www.saintathanasius.org/

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        ShakeNBake Jun 1, 2007 10:56 AM

        Is there a charge to get in?

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          gltsoi Jun 1, 2007 11:22 AM

          nope, just pay for whatever food you want to eat.

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          three of us Jun 1, 2007 05:32 AM

          After hearing raves on this board, I dragged the family to this and felt like an idiot. The food was okay but not worth a special trip. Our roasted lamb servings were meager with more bone and fat than meat. Other Greek specialites were okay but only the desserts were something to "ooohhh" about.

          I did enjoy my Retsina but don't get what the fuss is about.

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          1. re: three of us
            gini Jun 1, 2007 05:54 AM

            Did you go this year or last? Thought it didn't start till today...

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              Taralli Jun 1, 2007 07:05 AM

              Have gone the last several years & met up w/other ch's, as we will 6/2 for lunch this year if all goes as planned.

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              GretchenS Jun 1, 2007 10:07 AM

              When did you go? They had one (inside) last fall that was very disappointing but the late spring-early summer one has never let me down.

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                three of us Jun 1, 2007 03:15 PM

                We went last year on a Sunday. Won't be back but wish all a good time!

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                  stephenlinn Jun 4, 2007 07:59 PM

                  I'll agree with you totally, three of us. My $6 gyros was good, but not better than what I could get at the Greek Corner in North Cambridge. and it was a smaller portion. not really worth he trip in my opinion, food wise.

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                    photiczone Jun 5, 2007 09:01 AM

                    I am sorry to hear. We had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the food. Just a general reminder to those of you who post negatively on this topic.... This is a fundraiser. It's a group of people working together, donating their time for a cause. There is also the atmosphere, generations of people enjoying their heritage, local libations that are not easy to come by... and the music. I'd take going to the festival then the corner store to get a gyro even if it is a little better in food quality.

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                      Infomaniac Jun 5, 2007 10:24 AM

                      I totally agree with you.
                      To me, there is nothing better than going to a local ethnic church festival dinner.

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                        three of us Jun 5, 2007 01:36 PM

                        Hey, you're talking to a Polish girl from Detroit - where the ethnic/church festivals are huge affairs -- who can certainly groove on ethnic festivals. That's not the point. Folks rave, rave, rave about the food at the Arl Greek Church and that was not my experience. The gathering of generations, watching tipsy old men jump over a hanky in a line dance -- did I mention enjoying the Retsina? -- these can be great but still don't make up for disappointing food..

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                          esmom Jun 5, 2007 02:03 PM

                          I did go but remarkably for my clan, not until 7PM on Sunday night. They were about done but the music was blaring and the retsina was cold so we went in. The line dance was full speed. The gyros were really good (warm chewy bread, good meat and really good sauce). The chicken was so-so but the salad and rice with red sauce were, as always, great. The desserts were terrific. We especially like the warm, honey walnut laden loukomedis (sp?). It's a much better form of carnival fried dough. As we finished dinner, the Corner Restaurant brothers walked by. We were warmly greeted and they said that they love the festival and strongly support the church. I'll never miss it but next time will go a little earlier.

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                            Dax Jun 5, 2007 08:51 PM

                            I think they are called loukoumades and I really like them too.

                        2. re: photiczone
                          yumyum Jun 6, 2007 12:56 PM

                          Hey pz -- thanks for posting this. I was sad to miss the St.A festival this year and I appreciate your reminding folks that it's not always all about the chow (gasp!). I've always enjoyed my food there, but for me it's soooo much more than the moussaka plate. I love the coffee tent with old guys hanging out, the dessert tables laden down with about a million calories, and especially running into local Greeks -- the owner of Ball Square Liquors, Jay from Jay's Deli (RIP) near Tufts, the family that runs Zalek's.... Opa!

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                            Taralli Jun 6, 2007 01:10 PM

                            We also had a wonderful experience. I'm copying my post to a related thread:
                            " We were also there yesterday, Saturday, at the same time & felt particularly blessed to get the just hacked up portions of roast pig hot off the spit w/crispy skin to crunch on - absolute nirvana. One of our party got the lamb & it was yum too. A shared order of grape leaves was warm & savory. Too full for dessert, but may swing by tonight to get take out moussaka to freeze & some dimples if it isn't pouring rain out".

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                          tallullah Jun 1, 2007 04:36 AM

                          It runs until 10pm, but is it better to go for lunch as opposed to dinner? I want to optimize my lamb intake :)

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                            Bob Dobalina Jun 1, 2007 04:53 AM

                            Obviously - start at lunch... :-D

                          2. yumyum May 31, 2007 07:47 AM

                            I'm really sad I'll be away and will miss it this year. I'm going to try to check out the Somerville GF instead. Anyone know when that one will happen?

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                              BBHound May 31, 2007 07:55 AM

                              No announcement yet. Last year, it was the weekend after Labor Day.

                            2. Bob Dobalina May 31, 2007 06:39 AM

                              Thanks. I was already looking forward to wordsmithing my spanikopita post on Monday morning. ;)

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