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Weekend To-Do: Greek Food Fest

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GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL
11 a.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Free admission.

If you're driving with the windows down, odds are that the aroma will tease the tastebuds before you find a parking spot. This event needs little, if any, introduction, so let's crunch some sugarcoated numbers. Add 1,700 pounds of butter, 750 pounds of nuts, another 700 pounds of phyllo dough and you'll have the ingredients to produce more than 10,000 sourota, 17,000 pieces of baklava, 5,700 melomacrona, 14,000 butter cookies and thousands more pastries certain to be devoured by the eager masses awaiting the 2008 Greek Food Festival. And that's just the dessert options. An absolute melting pot of intercontinental cuisine, multicultural entertainment and a wide array of specialized gifts await newcomers and returning faithful to this annual event, which continues to outdo itself with each passing year. For those who enjoy donning an apron and creating their own mouth-watering meals, expect the Old World Market to have all the necessary ingredients to make it happen, or bring some frozen dinners home for later. There'll be jewelry and guided church tours, too. At least seven charities benefit from proceeds generated by the festival, which continues 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Recipes, entertainment schedules, parking locations and trolley routes and the entire lowdown are available at www.greekfoodfest.com.

Paul Peterson

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