Portland church's annual Greek Festival opens Thursday

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PORTLAND — Sweets, treats and dancing will be on tap this weekend at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 133 Pleasant St.

The 33rd annual Greek Festival opens at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25 and runs through Saturday. The festival closes at 9:30 p.m. each day.

Along with the traditional Greek music and dancing, the festival features homemade Greek cuisine, including chicken and lamb dinners, dolmades (grape leaves wrapped around beef and rice, spanakopita (thin layers of phyllo dough stuffed with spinach and cheese), and vegetarian meals.

Desserts include baklava (honey-soaked layers of phyllo dough), loukomades (fried dough balls soaked with honey), and butter cookies.

The historic church opened in 1828 as a Methodist congregation and is the second-oldest church in the city. It later served Presbyterians. When the Greek population grew in the city after World War I, the community bought the church.

The church now serves more than 250 families, according to its website.