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Greek Fest Brings More Than Food To Table

Sept. 24, 2010

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The smell is intoxicating. The kitchen's warmth only enhances buttery, sweet, nutty flavors that permeate the air. Today, church members have come together to make baklava for the festival.

The preparation is tedious as each layer of filo dough is tissue paper thin. Lou Ann Klaras recalls years ago what it was like seeing her mother-in-law make the delicate dough.

St. Nicholas Church began from the early 1900s Greek community in Waco. The church was formally chartered in 1949. After 61 years, the Orthodox family continues to worship in the original building on the corner of 17th and Sanger Ave. It is thought that the festival began between 19 and 24 years ago.

It takes nearly a year to plan the annual fest, and nearly everyone in the church pitches in. This year they're expecting to feed 1,000 - 1,200 people. It's definitely a family affair.

The festival will boast a smorgasbord of Geek eats, as well as Greek Dancers from San Antonio. The Horton Duo will be there to perform live music. The Greek Festival occurs from 5 - 8 p.m. this Saturday it the Waco Convention Center. More information can be found at KWBU.org. For KWBU news, I'm Jacqueline Deavenport.

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