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HUNGRY? — All Saints Greek Orthodox Church at 3528 West St. in downtown Weirton will hold its 34th-annual Mini-Greek Festival on Friday as a “hybrid” Greek Food Fest offering pre-order, pre-pay, pick-up entrees and desserts but will include limited items as walk-up sales to the public. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers making twist cookies, include, clockwise, from left, Lamone Glyptis, Trish Kapris, Peri Dimitriou, Elaine Flinn, Francesca Veltri, Rita Chaliotis, Elaine Palavis, Jim Ritter, George Antoniou, Connie Hajiioannou and Dorothea Stakias. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — All Saints Greek Orthodox Church of Weirton will hold its 34th-annual Mini-Greek Festival on Friday as a “hybrid” Greek Food Fest offering pre-order, pre-pay, pick-up entrees and desserts but will include limited items as walk-up sales to the public.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nick Tranto, president of the church and festival co-chair, explained that “hybrid” mean people can order a wide variety of delicacies online or by phone for easy pick-up of the entire menu, or people can walk up and purchase a super gyro, stuffed grape leaves, baklava, hot Greek doughnut holes — Loukoumathes — flavored iced coffee and beverages.

Three outside booths will be open for lunch and dinner.

A large 20-by-80-foot tent will be available for outdoor dining, and the Greek Company Band will entertain from 5 p.m. until closing.

Traditional Greek foods will include super gyros; stuffed grape leaves; Spanakopita (spinach and feta layered between buttered filo dough sheets; Pastichio with Bechamel (Greek lasagna); and three choices of dinners, which include “famous lamb stew,” Greek style lemon oregano chicken and baked fish plaki (8-ounce cod loins in a mild veggie tomato sauce). All dinners come with rice pilaf and Greek-style green beans in a light veggie sauce made with mint and dill.

Greek sweets include freshly baked baklava, ground toasted walnuts, cinnamon and sugar layered in buttered filo dough dipped in honey syrup; Greek twist cookies (Koulourakia); Kourambeithes, butter flaky cookie with nuts and powdered sugar; and Apedakia, pear-shaped cookies with clove covered in sugar and cinnamon.

“All Saints continues its tradition of homemade gourmet foods,” Tranto noted. “Although COVID-19 has reduced the size and scope of the festival, parishioners are excited to host the community and offer Greek foods and culture showcasing their culinary skills,” he said.

“Nothing is purchased — dozens of volunteers help make everything from scratch,” he said, citing examples, “We’re baking 500 dozen Greek twist cookies, 1,500 pieces of baklava and 5,000 handmade stuffed rolled grape leaves. Our church volunteers are amazing, and we are very proud to represent the Greek community as we celebrate our 104th year in the city of Weirton. We consider it an honor to host our patrons, and therefore we strive to serve the best food and hospitality possible.”

Tranto suggests that patrons order early to avoid being sold out. “We want everyone to enjoy the tastes of Greece,” he said.

All Saints will continue its tradition of donating to local charitable organizations from festival profits as part of its ongoing ministry to help organizations that feed, clothe and shelter residents.

“We are humbled by the support we receive yearly from the entire community,” Tranto said. “Despite financial setbacks of the COVID aftermath, the church continues to donate a portion of their profits to various nonprofit organizations that help feed, clothe, shelter and protect families,” he said.

On-line ordering began on Sept. 20 and continues to Wednesday at www.allstswwv.org or phone ordering at (304) 797-9884. The church office is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The church encourages online ordering but has a call-in phone number for those who don’t have access to the Internet. For information, visit the church website or Facebook page. All Saints Greek Orthodox Church is located at 3528 West St. in downtown Weirton.

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