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Greek it up: The 48th annual Greek Festival at St. Nicholas starts Friday

Pouring syrup over trays of hot baklava, Yvonne Brandvold, right, Diane Pirotis and Sophie Najmudar, wife of Father Seraphain Najmudar, prepare last Friday, Sept. 24, for the annual Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by DREW PERINE/Staff photographer)

If anyone knows how to throw a big Greek feast, it’s the parish members and volunteers at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Tacoma.

For 48 years, church volunteers have thrown a Greek festival that has introduced countless Tacomans to baklava, gyros, melomakarona, koulourakia, paximadia and countless other dishes that many find unpronounceable but utterly delicious.

The 2010 festival starts Friday Oct. 1 and continues through Sunday Oct. 3.

The food? Homemade by an army of volunteers.

Rewind to August when myriad volunteers began hand rolling nearly 5,000 dolmathes, grape leaves stuffed with rice and seasoned ground beef.
In the following weeks, volunteers mixed the dough for 500 loaves of tsoureki , a Greek sweet bread, and next they made more than 4,000 tyropitakia, a flaky cheese-filled pie. Read more »