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Annual Greek food fest held in Monessen

Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers perform during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>The  St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers perform during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The Panagiri Orchestra performs as some of the St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers wait to go on, during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>The Panagiri Orchestra performs as some of the St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers wait to go on, during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Lou and Glenda Mavrakis of Monessen enjoy the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Lou and Glenda Mavrakis of Monessen enjoy the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Abby Walters and Madison Telegraphis of Monessen look at the pictures Madison took of the St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers as they performed during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Abby Walters and Madison Telegraphis of Monessen look at the pictures Madison took of the  St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers as they performed  during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Indpendent - The St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers perform during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Indpendent</em></div>The  St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers perform during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Ethan, 5, and his sister Krenna Rahr, 7, eat a gyro at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. They were with their parents, Mark and Amanda Rahr of Monongahela.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Ethan, 5, and his sister Krenna Rahr, 7,  eat a gyro at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.  They were with their parents, Mark and Amanda Rahr of Monongahela.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - John and Joan Ciccarelli of Belle Vernon enjoy the food at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>John and Joan Ciccarelli of Belle Vernon enjoy the food at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The Panigiri Orchestra performs as Marco, 3, and Lily Espejo, 2, dance during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013. They were with their mother, Stephanie Baker-Espejo of Fayette City.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference | The Valley Independent</em></div>The Panigiri Orchestra performs as Marco, 3, and Lily Espejo, 2, dance  during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.  They were with their mother, Stephanie Baker-Espejo of Fayette City.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers perform during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>The St. Spyridon Greek youth dancers perform during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Shawn Bellora of Rostraver Township and J.J. Georgagis of Monessen heat up the gyro meat at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Shawn Bellora  of Rostraver Township and J.J. Georgagis  of Monessen heat up the gyro meat at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Peter C. Lihas of Pittsburgh and Sophia Telegraphis of Monessen enjoy the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Peter C. Lihas of Pittsburgh and Sophia Telegraphis of Monessen enjoy the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Patrick and Melissa Trilli of Monongahela enjoy some baklava ice cream at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Patrick and Melissa Trilli of Monongahela enjoy some baklava ice cream at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Showing the Pittsburgh colors are Chad Greenwald of Baldwin, Karen Selk of Baldwin, Nancy Shepler of Monessen, Jim Greenwald of Jefferson Hills, Megan Shepler of Monessen, and (seated) Shunny and Lindsay Beregi of Monessen at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Showing the Pittsburgh colors are Chad Greenwald of Baldwin, Karen Selk of Baldwin, Nancy Shepler of Monessen, Jim Greenwald of Jefferson Hills, Megan Shepler of Monessen, and (seated) Shunny and Lindsay Beregi of Monessen at  the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Lynne Coates of Fayette City holds her great-granddaughter, 3-month-old Carrington Lynne Vallee of Perryopolis, at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Lynne Coates of Fayette City holds her great-granddaughter, 3-month-old Carrington Lynne Vallee of Perryopolis, at the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Gina Liptak of Grindstone gets a kiss from her daughter, 5-year-old Gracey, as 2-year-old Khloe holds some desserts from the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Gina Liptak of Grindstone gets a kiss from her daughter, 5-year-old Gracey, as 2-year-old Khloe holds some desserts from the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The Rev. Joseph DiStefano blesses the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church during Vespers on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>The Rev. Joseph DiStefano blesses the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church during Vespers on Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, during the St. Spyridon Greek food festival in Monessen.

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Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival was held Friday and Saturday at the Hellenic Center on Grand Boulevard in Monessen.

The event attracts visitors from throughout the Mid-Mon Valley and the greater Pittsburgh area. All the food and pastries are made from traditional Greek recipes handed down from generation to generation.

In addition to the food and fellowship, festival goers enjoyed live music featuring “Panagiri” orchestra, and nightly performances by the St. Spyridon Greek Dancers.

The Rev. Joseph DiStefano, pastor of St. Spyridon Church, will be offered Vesper services both evenings.

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