Greek grub and gratitude

A line of customers and staff.

The Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church hosted their annual Greek Food Festival in Ogden on Sept. 23 and 24 to celebrate and share their culture with the rest of the surrounding community.

This year’s event was located at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in South Ogden. Visitors were welcomed with the smell of Greek foods of all sorts and sizes and a long line of hungry customers.

The church offered many popular Greek meals like a gyro dinner, which included a gyro, one tiropitakia, two dolmathes and rice pilaf. The church cooked and served other meals, including souvlaki dinners, chicken dinners and many different kinds of pastries.

The pastries served at the event were crescents, baklava, kourambiethes, pasta flora, finikia, melomakarona, paximadia and koulourakia.

There was also an option for customers to buy single food items in large quantities. All of the dinners and food items sold in large quantities were $20, and the pastries varied from $3 to $10, according to their menu at the event.

Meals were pre-packaged on six tables near where the food was prepared. The food was then moved to its labeled place on a long line of tables where customers were advised by staff to line up and select the food they wished to buy.

A stage inside a building near the food line also hosted a group known as the Ogden Greek Dancers.

The dancers present were a collection of children and teenagers who danced to Greek music throughout the festival. Occasionally, audience members would walk up to the edge of the stage and throw money at the young dancers’ feet.

By the end of the night on Sept. 24, the church had completely sold out of food, according to their website.