MASON CITY — Due to an outpouring of requests, the Greek Festival at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church is bringing back saganaki Saturday.

Saganaki or flaming cheese seems to be a local favorite, according to Kelli Sheehy, president of the parish council and chairwoman for the Greek Festival.

“It’s a comeback for saganaki,” Sheehy said. “Big disappointment last year, not having it.”

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the church, located at 1311 Second St. S.W., and will feature Greek music and dancers.

One of the most anticipated parts of the festival is the wide array of food.

The lamb roasted outside on a spit, chicken cooked outdoors for flavor and more Greek traditional foods.

“We’ve had people baking for two weeks,” Sheehy said.

A bake sale begins at 10 a.m.

The menu includes spanakopita (spinach pie), gyros, souvlaki (chicken or pork on a stick), pastitso (Greek lasagna), dolmathes (grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice with egg lemon sauce), loukoumathes (hot puffs with honey and cinnamon) and baklava ice cream sundaes.

Greek wine, Greek and American beer and sodas will be served. The wine and beer license is sponsored this year by Burke’s Bar and Grill.

This year, there will be a free kid’s tent sponsored by North Iowa Septic Solutions.

“There will be crafts, games and face painting,” Sheehy said. “We hope to have more families come out.”

The Greek Dancers of Minnesota are scheduled to perform at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Sheehy has helped put on the Greek Festival for the past six or seven years.

“I like seeing a lot of the same people, seeing the community come together,” Sheehy said. 

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