It's Greek festival time again - an opportunity to eat yourself silly on those gorgeous, butter-ladden pastries for which the country is so famous.
Fortunately, there are other delicious, less caloric dishes served at the local church fairs as well.
Friday through Sunday mark the 15th annual Folk Festival at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at 4115 16th St. NW. The festival, for which there is no admission charge, will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to whole lambs, cheese and spinach pies, baklava and stuffed grape leaves, the women of the church will serve chicken baked with oregano and lemon juice. BAKED CHICKEN WITH OREGANO
8 servings 2 chickens, 3 pounds each, quartered 1/2 cup olive oil Juice of 2 lemons 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper to tast
Combine oil, lemon, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] chicken pieces on both sides with [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Place pieces in baking dish large enough to hold them in a single layer. Pour over remaining sauce. Bake chicken at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes, until chicken tender. Baste occasionally with sauce.
After eating you way through the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] food you can waddle downtown to [WORD ILLEGIBLE] "Streets for People" Festival on Sunday, September 18 to sample Litbuanian [WORD ILLEGIBLE] and pastries, Hungarian [WORD ILLEGIBLE] South American meat patties, Scottish sausage rolls, Indian vegetarian dishes, Chinese egg rolls, pastries and fried [WORD ILLEGIBLE] French crepes, West Indian delicates, Durian pizza and American hotdogs.
While you munch you can watch entertainment from as many different countries on Gallery Place Mall, F St., between 7th and 9th Streets NW. The festivities begin noon and run until 8 p.m.