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Glendi

When: Friday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester
Tickets: free (bring money for food, games, etc.)
Parking: A free shuttle service will run to the cathedral throughout the weekend from the parking lots of Derryfield Park and the McDonough School.
More info: stgeorge.nh.goarch.org


Greek goods at Glendi"

Baklava – Layers of phyllo, buttered and filled with walnuts and honey
Diples – Fried dough dipped in honey, topped with walnuts
Dolmathes – Grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat, baked and topped with lemon sauce
Finikia – Honey-dipped cookies with walnuts
Flogeres – Rolled layers of phyllo with chopped walnut filling, coated in butter and honeyed syrup
Galatoboureko – Layers of phyllo with Green custard
Gyro – A blend of lamb and beef, topped with lettuce, tomato and tzatziki sauce, wrapped in pita bread
Kataiki – Shredded phyllo with walnuts and syrup
Keftabobs – Seasoned ground beef on a stick, topped with tabouli and topped with cucumber and/or yogurt sauce
Kourambiethes – Butter cookies dusted with powdered sugar
Koulourakia – Butter cookies with a hint of vanilla
Loukaniko – Greek sausage
Pastichio – Layers of macaroni and beef laced with creamy cheese sauce
Ravani – Greek cake made with farina – soft wheat – and soaked in syrup
Spanakopita – Layers of phyllo, spinach and cheese filling


Baklava

Baklava from “The Greeks Have a Recipe for It” cookbook by the Anagennesis Ladies Society of Manchester

1½ lb. phyllo
1 lb. walnuts, shelled
½ lb. almonds, shelled
½ cup sugar
1 lb. butter, melted
Grind almonds and walnuts. Add sugar and cinnamon. Cut phyllo dough round. Butter pan and add five phyllo sheets, buttering each layer. On the next phyllo, spread nut mixture. Butter next three phyllo sheets and add nut mixture and continue this until all phyllo and pieces cut off are used. The last floured phyllo sheets should be buttered. Butter the top and place in refrigerator until butter sets. While this is cooking, make syrup. Cut into diamond shapes before baking and bake at 400 degrees for about 50-60 minutes.
Syrup ingredients:
4 cups sugar
4 cups watercoolers
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Bring to boil for 15 minutes. Cool syrup and add to hot baklava.





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Last year Glendi drew more than 30,000 visitors and grossed more than $250,000, making it the largest fundraiser for the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester.

“It’s grown from its humble beginnings, from a one-day festival to a three-day festival,” said Glendi chairman Dee Boisvert. “Of course at the time they told [the Glendi founders] they were crazy and it would never work, and here we are.”

The 32nd Glendi celebration at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester will begin on Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. The opening ceremony will feature a parade and flag-raising of both the Greek and American colors. Boisvert said he expects appearances by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and perhaps Gov. John Lynch and a few presidential candidates.

“I tell everybody the road to the White House goes through Glendi,” Boisvert said.

As Glendi has had a successful run since its inception 32 years ago, Boisvert said the church tries not to change too much about the event but instead has made small improvements along the way.

“[Glendi] has become part of the Manchester fabric, so to speak,” he said. “Whereas people anticipate the start of football season, they also anticipate Glendi.”

The primary focus of Glendi has always been its volunteers, many of whom are over 75 years old, said Rev. Andrew Maharales.

“Our seniors are just the mainstay of Glendi. Without them here — the ladies that are 75 and over have been involved since the very beginning — we wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything,” he said. “They do it from their heart — the spinach pies, meatballs, stuffed peppers, kourambiethes, the grape leaves, they do all of that here.”

The ladies of the church, better known as the Anagennesis Ladies Society of Manchester, have their Glendi cooking and baking down to a science, Maharales said: “On one day they prepare everything, the next day they put it together … and boom, boom, everything is counted and put in the freezer.” Though some of the cooking is done as early as May or June, a handful of dishes are prepared in the days before the event, he said.
“I try to stay away from the loukamathes booth,” Boisvert joked of the tempting fried balls dipped in honey sauce and dusted with brown sugar and cinnamon that will be served at the event.

“We have been able to create a dining experience for the Manchester community and all of those from New England that come up and experience Glendi every year,” Boisvert said. “The food is fabulous.”

The loukamathes will be joined on the pastry table by large quantities of such traditional Greek sweets as baklava and finikia. A table will set up to serve savory plates of lamb shanks, barbecued lamb, baked chicken and stuffed grape leaves, and a cooking demonstration of stuffed grape leaves will be a new addition to this year’s celebration, Boisvert said.

“Hopefully we will have some cookbooks and things for sale for people that want to get into it,” he added.

In addition to being a celebration of Greek food, Glendi serves as an opportunity for Maharales and Saint George parishioners to meet new people and share their culture. An Aegean market of vendors selling a variety of Greek merchandise will be set up during Glendi, and church tours will be held during the celebration to give event-goers a chance to view the cathedral and ask questions.

“It’s probably one of the most beautiful churches in this part of the country. It’s pretty spectacular,” Boisvert said. Church tour times will be posted at the event.

Tables will be set up outside the Glendi taverna this year to allow visitors to sip on Greek wine and beer, including Mythos, while enjoying the weather and music. A traditional Greek band and the Sons and Daughters of Alexander the Great, a Greek dance troupe, will perform at Glendi the Friday night of the celebration. A Greek DJ will spin music Saturday night.

“We are trying to make it feel more like you have basically gone to Greece on an airplane, without having to get on an actual airplane,” Boisvert said.

In lieu of traditional amusement park rides, activities at this year’s Glendi celebration will cater to everyone. Featured at the event will be bounce houses, a mechanical bull, a rock climbing wall, bungee run and a ring for sumo wrestling, complete with fat suits.

The concept of Glendi, which means “party” in Greek, revolves around the food and laughs at the event, Boisvert said: “That’s what ultimately draws everybody to come to Glendi."






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