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NJ Greek Fest in US is Amalgamation of Music, Food and Fun for all Ages

Portions of proceeds will be donated for the support of the Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Hope Project to help victims of human trafficking and Ionian Village, a summer camping program in Greece which is conducted by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

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  • The NJ Greek Fest offers an array of delicious homemade Greek food and live music and dancing along with a kids zone
  • Funds raised from the events will be donated for the support of the Children’s Specialized Hospital

Westfield, New Jersey, June 5, 2017: The annual NJ Greek Fest is being hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church from June 1 to June 4. The event offered an array of delicious homemade Greek food and live music and dancing along with a kids zone and Greek marketplace for the whole family to enjoy.

Funds raised from the events will be donated for the support of the Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad to help victims of human trafficking and to Ionian Village, a summer camping program in Greece which is conducted by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

According to Fr. Peter Delvizis, “Greek Fest is a way in which our parish can interact with the local community to present them with the best of Greek culture just to share that people. We have been part of this community for 50 years.”

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The chairman of the annual festival is Agapios Kyritsis, who is commonly known as “Op” to his friends.

Kyritsis believes that every church has three main pillars — prayer, education and fellowship to be successful, but nobody can do the fellowship part better than the Greeks.

The marketplace tent is a must-visit. Anthony Bosco is a vendor at the tent who sells unique items that he found while traveling in Greece, such as religious art, prayer bracelets, and foods including artisan honey, organic wine, sea salt, spirits and herbal teas touted for their benefits in healthcare, mentioned www.tapinto.net report. Bosco said, “the olive oil — I don’t care where in the world you go, you will never taste olive oil like this,” holding out a bottle.

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Event M.C Ted Vagelos noted “Every product has a story,”; as Bosco talked about how he came across the old woman with a honey farm or the young man growing herbs. Picking up a box full of treats, he said, “The Turks like to take credit for this. This is pure Cyprian delight, made from honey, fruit and sesame. It’s like a jelly on the inside. It’s an after-dinner candy.”

It is very clear that the mouth-watering food is on everyone’s mind, and everyone’s plate, at the festival. The lines for popular Mediterranean street food like gyros (pronounced “yee-ros”), falafel and grilled marinated souvlakia (skewers of pork or chicken) kept growing longer and longer.

The festival had other food items as well that were in huge public demand, like the mezes (appetizers), roast lemon chicken and potatoes, lamb shanks served with orzo, traditional pastries, freshly made crepes with ice cream and warm doughnuts dripping with honey syrup. Also, to wash it all down, there were beverages including wine, beer, Greek coffee, and soft drinks.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)