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Greek Festival

This event is currently closed to RSVP's. If you want to come, email me, Joanne, the Organizer before midnight Friday and tell me you want to come, include your name and phone number, and tell me which option below you want.

The weather for Saturday is mostly sunny - no rain in the forecast!!  Should be a beautiful Fall Day!  So we will be doing a bike ride at 12:30 pm until 3 or 4 pm from the Greek Festival to Mt. Tabor and back.

Required:  You must sign up for the event by Friday night and you must email me, Joanne, and tell me which of the following options you want and include your name and your cell phone number.

The plan is to buy tickets for a portion of the whole lamb that is being slow cooked for hours on an open rotesserie over a fire!   Ride while our lamb finishes cooking and then come back and eat.  You have 3 options and you are welcome with what ever option you pick -

First option - Buy lamb tickets only, meet later to eat:  Come early to buy your lamb ticket, meet us when we get back and eat with us (you can enjoy the festival or go for a walk or even do errands while your lamb cooks if you don't want to do the bike ride.)

Second option - Bike Ride Only: Just come for the ride and ride with us - but do show up when we go to buy the lamb so we start the ride together.

Third Option - Dinner only - Meet us after the ride (either 3:30 or 4:30) and join us for the dinner in the dining hall.  You don't need a lamb ticket for this - you just get in line with us and buy a dinner ticket.  People that bought lamb will bring it with them into the dining hall.  Since we won't know what time we are meeting until Saturday you must email me by Friday night your name and cell phone number so I can notify you on Saturday what time to meet us.  I will try to text you once we buy our lamb tickets.

12 pm:  Buy Lamb tickets - Meet at the Greek Festival on the corner of Glisan and NE 32nd (It's either 33rd or 32nd at the corner) at 12 pm on foot - have your bike locked nearby but for the first part come on foot so we can walk into the festival and buy our lamb tickets.  We will try to buy lamb tickets for 3 or 4 pm - so we have time for a bike ride.   You can come to buy lamb tickets ever if you aren't going on the bike ride.  It helps to come early as the tickets often sell out.  However if you want to come later just for the dinner, you can do that as well.

12:30 pm Bike Ride - Once we have our lamb tickets we will ride leisurely through the neighborhoods and try to make it to Mt. Tabor and ride to the summit, circle, and return to the festival in time for our lamb.

3:30 or 4:30 Dinner in the Dining Hall -Get in line for Dinner - depending on what time our lamb tickets are for we will get our lamb and then get in line for dinner with our lamb (hopefully).  If you don't want to do the bike ride you are welcome to come at any time (maybe you will be able to get lamb if it isn't sold out.)  You must email me before the event your name and cell phone number so I can text you earlier in the day and tell you what time we expect to meet for dinner.  The dinner on Saturday is: Dolmathes, pastitsio, keflethes, green beans yiahni, salata, bread and dessert.  Wine and beer are available to purchase.  The dinner includes water, coffee and possibly ice tea.

After dinner - the festival goes to 10 pm - stay as long as you want!

Another great Portland tradition!

 

Weather depending we may organize a pre-festival bike ride then end up here for dinner - or better yet get here early and buy our tickets for the roasted lamb which will be a few hours later and then ride our bikes to Mt. Tabor and back.  I also like to come on one of the nights and buy the full dinner which is served in the community hall.  Unlike the wild drunken beer fest outside this is a calm sit down dinner where you can enjoy a very inexpensive home style Greek meal and chat with your table mates while polishing off a bottle of Greek wine.  More details to come as the festival draws closer and we have an idea what the weather is going to be like, so stay tuned.

 

You can read more about the festival here: http://www.goholytrinity.org/cGreekFest.html

 

62nd Annual Greek Festival
October 4th, 5th & 6th, 2013
10am to 10pm Friday and Saturday
Noon to 8pm on Sunday

 

Authentic Greek Dinners

 

Adults: $14.00
Seniors 65-plus: $11.00
Children under 12: $6.00
Prices apply all hours, all days
Dinner tickets are available at the information booth or at the door. Talents are one dollar each.

 

Friday and Saturday, 11am to 8pm

Combination Plate on Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm
Dolmathes, pastitsio, keflethes, green beans yiahni, salata, bread and dessert

Sunday, Noon to 7 pm

 

Vegetarian Plate (available every day)
Spanakopita, vegetarian dolmathes, green beans yiahni, salata, bread and dessert
Kota Riganati
Half roasted chicken with lemon, manestra, green beans yiahni, salata, bread and dessert

 

Cooking Demonstrations

 

Learn to make Greek dishes and desserts from Chrisoula and George Papas, authors of "The Art of Greek Cooking", Saturday and Sunday only, 1 pm Admission: three talents.

 

Agora/Monasteraki

 

Imported crafts and gifts from Greece: Rugs, Décor, Textiles, Ethnic Jewelry, Hand Knit Sweaters, Fisherman Hats and T-shirts.

 

Fine Gold and Silver Jewelry

 

Traditional, Byzantine, and more designs imported from Greece.

 

Deli

 

Gourment Imports: fine cheeses, olives, olive oil, pastas, herbs and spices, preserves, nuts, and more.

 

Our Famous Greek Fare 

 

Fast Favorites Served in the Kafenion & Taverna Tents

 

• Kafenion Prices:

 

• Assorted Pastries 2 talents

 

• Loukoumades 3 talents (small), 4 talents (large)

 

• American Coffee 1 talent

 

• Greek Coffee 2 talents

 

• Frappe (iced Greek coffee) 3 talents Sodas and Bottled

 

• Water 1 talent

 

Taverna Prices

 

• Cheese and Olive Sampler 5 talents

 

• Greek Pasta Salad and Bread 5 talents

 

• Village Salad and Bread 5 talents

 

• Gyro 5 talents Sausage 3 talents

 

• Souvlaki 4 talents

 

• Spanakopita (1 each) 3 talents

 

• Tiropita (1 each) 3 talents

 

• Beer Micro Brew 5 talents Domestic 4 talents

 

• Wine 5 talents

 

• O'Douls non-alcoholic beer 2 talents

 

• Soda and bottled water 1 talent

 

A La Carte (Served in Outside Tents)

 

• Lamb 7 talents Lamb tickets are available at the talent booth

 

• Deli

 

• Feta Dip and Vegetables 4 talents

 

• Greek Village Salad and Bread 4 talents

 

• Cheese and Olive Sampler 4 talents

 

• Greek Pasta Salad and Bread 4 talents

 

• Pre-packaged Pastries Package of 6 $9.00 Package of 8 $11.00 Combination (variety of 7) $10.00

 

• Bougasta (package of 6 & 8) $9.00 & $11.00

 

• Diples (package of 4) $7.00

 

• Koulourakia $7.00 per dozen

 

• Paximadia $8.00 per dozen

 

• Tsoureki (sweetened bread) $10.00

 

Ethos Bookstore
Located in the church hall. Books, icons, music.

 

Greek Folk Dance Schedule

 

Friday, 5:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm
Saturday,1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:30 pm
Performances take place on the 31st Avenue dance stage. Performance times noted in bold take place in the dining room.

 

Tours and Presentations of the Church Guided tour 12:00 noon Video - "Beginnings" 1:00pm Guided Tour 2:00pm Video - "Byzantium" 3:00pm Guided Tour 4:00pm Video - "A Hidden Treasure" 5:00pm Daily Vespers 6:00pm Questions and Answers Session 7:00pm     Sunday Services
Orthros (Matins) 8:45am Divine Liturgy 10:00am Vespers 6:00pm

 


Visitors, please observe and respect a strict code of conduct in the sanctuary, our place of worship. No food, drinks, chewing gum, or loud talking.
Thank you.

 

Guide to Greek Pastries

 

Baklava: Delicately thin pastry leaves (filo) spread with butter and filled with a walnut/spice mixture and topped with syrup.
Bougatsa: A custard type filling in filo. Topped with honey, cinnamon and powdered sugar.
Diples: A delicate butter and egg pastry deep-fried and dipped in honey. Sprinkled with spices and nuts.
Kadaifi: Kadaifi dough with butter, chopped walnuts, cinnamon and cloves, topped with a honey syrup.
Karithopita: Spiced walnut honey cake.
Koulourakia: An all butter and egg braided cookie. Not overly sweet and good with coffee.
Spiced Orange Koulourakia: A braided cookie make with pure vegetable shortening and spices.
Kourabiethes: An all-butter and egg yolk shortbread-type cookie flavored with brandy and dusted heavily with powdered sugar.
Melomakarona: An orange-flavored cookie spiced with cinnamon. Dipped in honey and sprinkled with nuts.
Pasta Flora: An all-butter cookie with an apricot filling.
Paximadia: Choose one of the five flavors of this Greek biscuit: lemon, orange, amaretto, anise, or chocolate.
Rolla: Rolled filo with walnuts and spice mixture, topped with honey syrup and chocolate.
Tsoureki: Braided sweet bread, make with eggs, milk, sugar, and butter.

 

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  • Joanne

    PS you don't have to ride a bike to eat with us! But you will have the wait time between when you buy your lamb ticket and when you eat - so you can wander around the festival or leave and come back or take a walk around the beautiful neighborhood. And remember, we may not ride if the weather is horrible, we may just skip the lamb and just go eat the dinner. It will be very important to exchange cell phone numbers to find each other and stay together so look for a message from me with my cell phone number a day before the festival and bring your cell phone fully charged - the best way to communicate at a crowed noisy even it by text messaging!!

    September 30, 2013

  • Joanne

    To the folks going to the Greek Festival on Saturday:

    Just want to remind everyone that signed up that I am waiting to see how the weather is shaping up for Saturday. The way the lamb works is you have to go early and get your lamb ticket and come back in a few hours when it is your turn. So if it looks like good bike riding weather we may meet there earlier to get the lamb tickets and then do our ride. Come back, grab our lamb and take it in to the dining hall were we can buy the dinner and combine it with the lamb - yeah you might have left overs to take home but it will be fun. If the weather is not looking good - we may just go as planned around 1 pm and wander around then go and eat the dinner. You can get in line at any time for the dinner. So stay tuned and keep your plans flexible. I will checking back with you around Wed or Thurs.

    Joanne
    Organizer

    September 30, 2013

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