Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church – Somerville, MA
It is truly incomprehensible that a church festival could be more enjoyable than dining out at a popular restaurant. So when my business partner told me that he was manning the Gyro table at the Greek festival at his church, I pictured him and a few other guys hanging out and talking while enjoying their camaraderie. That could not have been further from the truth!
The annual Greek Festival at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville this past weekend as attended by more people than those waiting for all of the Green Line trains in the Park Street Station at rush hour! Firstly, Saturday was such a beautiful day and the annual festival, renowned for its incredible food and desserts, drew a large crowd of hungry Greeks, Italians, those from Somerville and those from beyond.
By the time that I got to the church, the line for food stretched well around the property with up to a 90 minute wait. I thought to myself who waits 90 minutes, until it was my turn at the serving table. The lamb was succulent, my favorite, Moussaka, was flavor and creamy, the Spanakopita flaky and delicious, and on and on! I could see why everyone was waiting for their meals as there are some fine dining restaurants who could not inject the spices, flavors or the love that went into all of this food, cooked entirely by and served by the devoted members of the congregation.
Then it was time for dessert, another 45 minute wait. As if I weren’t full enough, I got a text message from some other Greek friends that I needed to have the Loukoumathes. What did I know from that word or what it was until I got to the front of the line? These succulent, delicious hunks of fried Greek pastry dough outdid my Italian heritage of Fried Dough! Hot, moist and juicy, these lightly fried pastries went right from the fryer into a bath of honey, then topped with cinnamon and generously sprinkled with crushed nuts. I know I have a sweet tooth, but this was ridiculous!
We sat for another half hour and watched the Greek dancers in their traditional garb entertain us, ate an entire dozen Loukoumathes and enjoyed the wonderful weather. If food is love, this festival exemplifies it in capital letters!!!
I can’t think of a more delightful way to spend a Saturday evening with friends while being have all of my senses entertained…
Don’t miss this incredible event next year at this time!