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South Jersey’s Greek Community Celebrates With Return of Annual Fest

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By Mark Abrams

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill kicked off its annual “Greek Agora and Festival” today.

It began with a brief prayer service inside the church, then everyone headed out to the big blue tent to finish the setup and begin serving those Greek delicacies.

Zoe Kousoulis of Haddonfield, NJ has worked at the festival for more than 35 years and says there are some specialties people look for:  “The gyro, souvlaki, moussaka, pastitsio.”

Father Emmanuel Pratsinakis, rector at St. Thomas for 28 years, says the Greek Agora (“marketplace”) brings the community together, “to have people from this neighborhood, the neighborhood up the street, down the street, over yonder to come here and to celebrate with us.”

The festival runs through Sunday, from noon to midnight each day.