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Festival: shish kebabs, baklava await at Greek fest

George Karadimas, left, checks gyro meat while cooking with Andy Webster at the 2014 Greek Festival. The 2015 festival runs Sept. 10-13 at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church.
George Karadimas, left, checks gyro meat while cooking with Andy Webster at the 2014 Greek Festival. The 2015 festival runs Sept. 10-13 at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham’s Greek festival is the place for great food and cultural fun, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10-13, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 510 E. Sunset Drive. Admission is free, and so is parking.

Food tokens are available to purchase, with VISA and MasterCard are accepted.

In addition to gyros and shish kebabs, people can indulge in such Greek pastries as baklava, finikia (orange cookie dough with filling), kourambiedes (butter cookie), loukoumades (Greek doughnuts), melomakarona (honey cookies), Paximathia (biscotti), and Koulourakia (Greek Easter cookie), plus Lebanese baklava and namoura (Lebanese cake), and Greek coffee.

The church will be open, with tours led by Father Michael Tervo and other volunteers throughout the weekend. Books, icons and Greek souvenirs will be available for purchase, and there will be live music by Yanni and his band from Seattle. People are welcome to dance to his bouzouki music. There also will be a bouncy house and face painting for children.

New this year, Seattle’s Tasos Manouras, an importer and and distributor of Greek and Cypriot food products, will have a booth where people can sample such products as extra virgin olive oil, herbs and spices, honey, and vinegars.

Details: bellinghamgreekfest.org, 360-734-8745

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