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St. Nicholas Spring Festival: It'll Make you say "Opa"

Here's this week's best bet for great local food

Each week, Emmaus Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice:

The food at the Spring Festival at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral will be "all Greek to you" and trust me, that's a very good thing. You simply can't find this variety of Greek food all in one place, short of hopping a flight to Athens. Some of our personal favorites include moussaka (calling it Greek lasagna doesn't do it justice), roast lamb “youvetsi” and souvlaki.

Be sure to go hungry and save some room for dessert. A bite of galaktoboureko, a delicious Greek style custard filling, rolled inside crispy Fillo dough, topped with honey and ground cinnamon, followed by a serving of loukoumades (Honey puffs) is basically a trip to paradise. Pair it with a cup of Greek coffee for an extra jolt of culture.

Cookies like finikia, koulourakia and kourambiedes make for ideal take-home items. Try them in the morning with a cup of coffee. It's a great way to start the day!

The festival isn't just about food, either. There's church tours, traditional Greek dancing, shopping and more! The festival will be on rain or shine. Some of it is inside, but outdoor areas are protected by huge tents.

1607 W Union Blvd, Bethlehem

Price level: $$

The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m on Saturday, May 21 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

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