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Annual St. Spyridon Greek food fest held in Monessen

| Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
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McKenna, 6, and Cooper Kaschok, 3, of Stockdale enjoyed the food at the annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Hellenic Center in Monessen.
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Deacon Bill Loegas of Belle Vernon was in charge of the grill at the annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Hellenic Center in Monessen.
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Dimitri Apodiakos, 10, and Karter Temoshenka, 14, of Belle Vernon, performed at the annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Hellenic Center in Monessen.
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Sydney Callaway, 6, and Megan Callaway, 8, of Belle Vernon are ready to dance at the annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Hellenic Center in Monessen.
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St. Spyridon Greek Dancers Niko Apodiakos (on table) and, from left, Angelo Miskalis, Aundreas Naylor, and Loukas Feher perform at the annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Hellenic Center in Monessen.
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Irene Chaliotis of Monessen, Dena Chaliotis Tickel of Canonsburg, Mary Ann Pastor of Wexford, Mary Ann Kalamaras of Belle Vernon, Jen Drizos of Belle Vernon and Mary Leogas of Belle Vernon, aka the 'Cookie Ladies' show off their sweet creations at the annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Hellenic Center in Monessen.
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Serving loukoumades are cousins Janet Forlini of Monessen, Nikki Mornak of Monessen,and Michael Apodiakos of Washington, Pa., at the annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Hellenic Center in Monessen.

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

The festival, which has been held for more than 40 years, 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. Among the featured foods were gyros, pastichio, moussaka, baklava and galatoboureko.

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