Greek for a day

When Raleigh’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church started holding its Greek Festival 30 years ago, it was a big deal. There weren’t Greek restaurants everywhere, and I had to explain to people what baklava was. Today, there are plenty of chances to enjoy Greek food every day, so why do crowds still swarm to the State Fairgrounds?

Yes, there will be dancing and music at the festival, Sept. 16-18 , and a bazaar with Greek gifts to buy. But the draw is still the food. It doesn’t come from restaurant kitchens, but from the loving hands of church members. Even the familiar items, like spanakopita and moussaka, just taste different.

More information on the festival is here. And when you go, say hello to Frymaster Demos, king of the calamari.