For Half Century, Greeks of Baltimore Celebrate Festival of Food, Faith Culture

Anyone who’s read George Pelecanos knows about Baltimore’s Greek community but for 50 years it’s been the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation that’s been bringing Greek food, culture and history to the city, including Hellenophiles and the hungry.

It depends on volunteers – primarily women who do the cooking in advance – for the annual Greek festival that will now mark 50 years. One of them, Eleni Roros, told The Baltimore Sun their motto: “When life gives you lemons, make avgolemono.”


There’s a lot more than that, of course, including the irresistible staples like spanakopita, a process she said is more involved. “If you’re going to make it, you make it in quantity,” she said, and good idea because it’s going to be eaten that way too, 93 trays of it.

The volunteers filled the church to make stuffed grape leaves and cookies dusted with powdered sugar, a dessert for the Memorial Day weekend event featuring pastitsio and Shrimp Athenian covered in marinara sauce, feta and wine.


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