Preparations have begun for the annual Greek Festival, which will be held Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

Market vendors, live music and dancing, and Greek food and pastries will fill the campus of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, located at 71 Chandler Road.

For more than 30 years, the festival has brought a little taste of Greece to the Andover community.

This year it will feature cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, an Athenian Marketplace and live Greek dancing performances.

Dozens of legs of lamb, a Greek signature dish, will be prepared by chefs and served, as well as pastitsio, a Greek version of lasagna. There will also be moussaka, a dish including layers of eggplant, potatoes, and ground beef in tomato sauce with a creamy topping.

The bakery will feature Greek pastries, including baklava and galaktoboureko, a sweet custard baked in layers of crispy dough.

A DJ and live band will perform traditional and modern Greek music all weekend. Outdoor dancing will take place under the big tent outside until 11 p.m. The parish youth group will also perform traditional Greek dances.

A full bar will be available outside, as well as gyro sandwiches, French fries, and loukomades, which are fried dough balls with honey.

The Rev. Christopher Makiej, pastor at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, and Deacon Gary Kent will be give guided tours of the church for those who are interested.

Admission is free.

There will be parking on-site and additional parking with a courtesy bus shuttle service from the West Elementary School parking lot.


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