The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Greek Orthodox Church

97 Walcott Street

Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860

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July 29, 2015

Request for Immediate Release

For more information contact:

John Zervas, President

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council

Church Telephone – 401.725.3127

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Food and Hospitality Showcase

Pawtucket Greek Church’s 88th Annual Grecian Festival


(Pawtucket, RI) The Parish Council of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church will present its 88th Annual Grecian Festival the weekend of Aug. 21-23.  The festival, a pre-Pawtucket Arts Festival event, will take place on church property at 97 Walcott Street in the historic Quality Hill neighborhood in Pawtucket. 

What has become a much anticipated Blackstone Valley tradition, the Grecian Festival is a cultural destination featuring homemade Greek food and pastries, Greek Pride dance performances, live music and dancing, cooking demonstrations, church tours, raffles, children’s activities and more. 

 Parish members will prepare and serve authentic Greek cuisine including hundreds of pounds of grilled leg of lamb, pork, chicken souvlaki and gyro meats as well as homemade pastitsio, spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, moussaka, and village-style salads featuring Feta cheese and Greek olives. The menu will once again include braised lamb shanks simmered in tomato, garlic, onions and herbs.

A children’s menu of hotdogs and hamburgers will also be available. All food and pastries will be available for take-out.

An early sell-out and crowd favorite, the festival will once again feature hundreds of pieces of homemade Greek pastries prepared by the women of the ladies’ Philoptochos Society including mouthwatering kourambiedes, finikia, koulourakia, diples,  baklava, rice pudding and the popular loukoumades, golden puffs of fried dough that are bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts.  The ladies of the Philoptochos Society will demonstrate the art of baking with fillo at designated times on Saturday and Sunday. The recipes for the all the featured sweets and many dinner items will be available in the Society’s cookbook “A Greek Feast” on sale for $20.00.

The festival will be held under tents – rain or shine.  Festival hours are Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. Street parking is available and free shuttle bus service from the easy-access parking lot on Roosevelt Avenue across from Pawtucket City Hall. Admission is free.

In the tradition of the Greek Eastern Orthodox Church, the festival commemorates the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Festival Features

Special Friday Night Menu Offering- The festival will kick-off with a special Friday night menu of Greek fish, sausage, fava beans and stuffed peppers. For more than 20 years, these authentic “Greek-village” recipes these have been prepared and donated to the festival by Pawtucket’s own Stratis Family of the House of Pizza, Division Street, Pawtucket.

Greek Pride Dance Troupe – featuring traditional Greek dances in full ethnic costumes representing the various regions of Greece. Performances are Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 4 and 7 p.m.

Agora: Greek Indoor/Outdoor Marketplace – will feature imported merchandise including jewelry, clothing and accessories, giftware, religious items, and more.

Kafenio (Cafe) – Reminiscent of an island coffee house, enjoy Greek coffee accompanied by homemade Greek desserts including the festival favorite “Baklava Cheesecake”, baklava sundaes, frappes and paximadia (Greek biscotti).

For more information, please visit www. or call the church business office at 401.725.3127.