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Florence Greek Festival to feature baked goods and entertainment

May 15, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The women of Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence have been working tirelessly for weeks baking and preparing for the 37th annual Florence Greek Festival, which starts Thursday.

Using traditional Greek family recipes, they have met at the Hellenic Center next to the church to bake more than 1,000 pastries and cookies.

Starting Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. festivalgoers will be able to sample the pastries and other foods that have been prepared at the Hellenic Center. On Sunday, food will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hours for dining outside and enjoying the carnival activities are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Drive-thru service is available for dinners.

Some favorite food items include Greek baked chicken, souvlaki, gyros, spanakopita, dolmades, moussaka, Greek breads and salads.

No meal will be complete without trying at least desserts. The crowd favorite year after year is baklava, followed by kourambiedes, a buttery almond cookie covered in powdered sugar. Also available will be aculadakia, a citrus cookie dipped in syrup; meloma karona, a spice cookie with nuts and dipped in honey; katife, a shredded wheat nut filled dessert with syrup and Koulourakia, a twisted butter cookie.

While outside at the carnival, which is new this year, enjoy Greek fries and ice cream.

Festivalgoers will be entertained by costumed Greek dancers and a Greek band.

There will be Greek wines and beer for the adults.

The carnival includes a Ferris wheel, carousel, pony rides and petting zoo.

The church is at 2990 S. Cashua Drive.