St. George Church set to showcase Greek culture, food at Oktoberfest

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Koulourakia, a butter cookie, is among the sweet treats prepared by members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church for the annual Oktoberfest.

MASSILLON – St. George Greek Orthodox Church will open its doors to share the Greek heritage and delicacies at its 18th annual Greek Oktoberfest starting Thursday.

The annual event runs through Saturday at the church’s Cultural Center, 364 First St. SE.

Dimitri Verginis, chairman of the annual event, said guests will be treated to their favorite Greek specialties including gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, pastitsio and plaki, a fish baked in onions and tomatoes. They can also pick up the popular Greek pastries including baklava and koulourakia — a twisted coffee cookie.

Verginis said some crowd favorites will not be on the menu this year, including lamb shanks and chicken.

“As you know at this time there is limited help,” he said. “We wanted to make it a little easier and keep to more traditional items. There will be plenty of pastries.”

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