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Shannon Bryan editor Shannon Bryan has a fondness for Maine’s peculiar goings on. And helmet cams. There’s definitely a fondness for helmet cams.   Since she arrived in Maine from the Midwest seven years ago, it’s been her mission to experience it all firsthand – from the cardboard boat races to the paddleboard jousting tournaments. With any luck, she’ll persuade you to try it, too.

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Posted: June 26, 2014

Photos: Greek food galore at Portland Greek Festival. Now!

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The Greek Festival is happening! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland has pitched the tent, grilled the lamb, and fried the dough. And they’re ready to serve you some of the best Greek food you’ve ever had. The festival runs from 11:30 am-9:30 pm Thursday-Saturday under the big white tent next to the Church in Pleasant Street.

Lamb souvlaki, marinated in olive oil, lemon and herbs, will be grilled to perfection and served with rice pilaf and Greek salad. Other favorites will include dolmades (grape leaves wrapped around ground beef and rice), Moussaka (layers of eggplant, ground beef and topped with a cream sauce) and spanakopita (layers of phyllo stuffed with spinach and cheese). Plus Greek pastries like Baklava (layers of nuts and phyllo soaked in honey), kourabiedes (crescent-shaped butter cookies covered with powdered sugar) and loukomades (fried dough balls covered with honey and chopped nuts) will be served.


Gryo and spanakopitaShannon Bryan photo

The big tent and all the tables. It wasn’t busy when we arrived just after the festival opened, but this tent will fill up quickly.Shannon Bryan photo

The menu: Gryos, dolmades, lamb souvlaki, kourabiedes, loukomades, baklava, moussaka, and so, so, so much more.Susan Axelrod photo

Some of the fine gentlemen working the grill during the festival.Susan Axelrod photo

More cowbell? More gryo!Susan Axelrod photo

Loukomades!Shannon Bryan photo

Dolmades!Shannon Bryab photo

An assortment of Greek Pastries.Susan Axelrod photo

One of the many ladies working the festival, and making Greek food magic for you.Susan Axelrod photo


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