Cambridge Greek Festival Continues Nearly 50-Year-Old Tradition

Photo: Suzanne Sausville/WBZ NewsRadio

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A three-day celebration of Greek culture is back in Cambridge this weekend.

The Greek Festival at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church has been happening for decades, raising money for the church and drawing hundreds of people each year.

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"It’s the craziest thing, but everybody wants to be a little Greek, you know?" said church president Renna Haggerty on the second day of the festival Saturday. "We love it, and we love especially a lot of our new neighbors who come, and a lot of our old neighbors that we’ve seen for, I don’t know, as long as I can remember. It’s really wonderful."

The festival offers live music, dancing, and a raffle, but the undisputed main draw is the food.

"We have roasted lamb, we have the gyro wrap, we have the pastitsio, moussaka, we have the shishkabob, spinach pie," listed George Georges. "And on the sweet side, we have what everyone comes back for, the loukoumades, which are the fried dough balls with the honey."

Katerina is the expert in charge of dropping those dough balls into a large fryer.

"I’ve been making this for the last 30, 35 years at least," Katerina told WBZ NewsRadio. "Because I’ve been in the church for 62 years, since I came from Greece."

The Greek Festival runs until 8 p.m. Sunday.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@WBZSausville) reports.

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