Sep 1, 2013
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Spit-Roasted Lamb, Odyssey Dancers: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Fest Is On

Spit-Roasted Lamb, Odyssey Dancers: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Fest Is On

Odyssey dancer Maria Kaouris of Redding, left, helps Ioanna Karageorge of Fairfield with her costume at Odyssey 2012. Looking on is Eleni Kaiser of Fairfield.

If it’s Labor Day weekend, it must be Odyssey time! That’s when the fine folks at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange throw their annual all-out bash, a four-day party that in progress and brings everything Greek to the rest of us.

After 32 successful years, these folks know what we’re looking for in a festival: food, dancing, live music, a Hellenic marketplace, a giant flea market — something for everyone.

Rain or shine, Odyssey 2013 continues through Monday. Hours are noon-10 p.m. today, and from noon-8 p.m. Monday. It’s set on the grounds of the beautiful Byzantine-style St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church at 480 Racebrook Road. Best of all, there’s plenty of free parking, and admission is also free.

With all sorts of Greek cuisine available, here’s a little Greek language lesson for food-ordering purposes. They have appetizers (meze), pastries (glyka), lamb roasted on the spit (souvla), eggplant and meat dish (moussaka), gyros (you know what this is), spinach pie (spanakopita) and Greek lasagna (pastitisio).

The Gourmet Meze Grill offers Greek cheese flamed with brandy (saganaki), loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, lamb chops, dips and pitas, and avgolemono soup, chicken with rice or orzo with egg and lemon.

If you really love Greek cooking, you don’t have to wait until next year to get more of it. The festival is offering live cooking demonstrations, so you can learn to do this yourself.

There’s also a gourmet Greek grocery store, as well as T-shirts, jewelry, arts and crafts and books on Greek culture. Take a tour of the church, and learn about the culture and religion.

There will be plenty of Greek folk dancing to enjoy, including performances each night by The Hellenic Company, the Odyssey’s live Greek band.

New this year is a chance to learn the dances for yourself. At 5:30 p.m. today, the Odyssey dancers will teach dance lessons to one and all.

If all this isn’t enough, there will be a flea market, as well as kids’ games and activities, and a raffle with a grand prize of $10,000.

Learn more at www.saintbarbara.org or call 203-795-1347.

Spit-Roasted Lamb, Odyssey Dancers: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Fest Is On

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