Annual Greek Food Bazaar underway in Reading

READING, Pa. - First and foremost, organizers of the 47th annual Greek Food Bazaar at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading want you to know that they put on the event every year to help their church.

"This the biggest fundraiser we have in the church," explained Artie Fecera, the church council's president.

But just as important is the food.

"Most of these people, they're all Greeks. They've had restaurants over the years, so we have great food," Fecera said.

And every festival, just like every dinner table, has its centerpiece.

"The main focus, which is how our bazaar started 47 years ago, was the chicken dinner," said Tula Donahue, a volunteer.

"We call it Greek chicken. It's all about the flavoring, what we put on that chicken when we cook it," said Fecera.

The way it goes is get in line, grab a plate and gather around for some Greek music and fellowship.

"I do have a little Greek in me, but I come back here for the culture and the personalities and good environment," said volunteer Grant Kershner.

Tucked away amid all the of that is a little coffee shop that is all the more special this year.

"My husband started this coffee shop years ago when we needed something special to put in this Sunday school room and my husband said why don't we put a coffee shop in there," said Christine Dialectos of Harry's Coffee Shop.

Christine Dialecto's husband, Harry, passed away this year, but amid the sweet Greek pastries and strong brew, she's sure he's still here.

"We have pictures of him up here on the board," Dialectos said. "He is here in spirit. This is the first one he's missed. He got everything together for this room."

Harry and more than 100 volunteers have got everything together and, according to Artie Fecera, they're expecting a big crowd throughout the weekend.

"And that's why every year it grows. We get more and more people coming to the bazaar," Fecera said.

Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church is located at 1001 East Wyomissing Boulevard, across from Berks Catholic High School, in Reading.

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