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Greek Fest celebrates culture and heritage in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--Ancient Greeks are known for contributing to modern day languages, architecture, inventions and philosophies, and Rochester's Greek community is continuing to bring unique displays of culture to the area with Greek Fest 2014. The 51st annual festival started Friday night at St. Kosmas and Damianos Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester.

“When the immigrants came to America, the Greeks, this is how they showed their heritage to the rest of the community by having festivals showcasing our music and our food,” said Johnny Mango of Rochester.

The free event includes a marketplace, traditional music, dancing and food. “The Greeks serve the best,” said Mando Katselis of Rochester. Katselis has volunteered to cook for the festival for years. She said the secret to Mediterranean cooking is in the process...

"Slow and lots of lemon juice and sizzling. That's the secret,” said Katselis. “Put it slow, don't rush it in the oven, in the barbeque, whatever you do, don't rush it”.

Hundreds of people gathered in the Church parking lot on Friday night to participate in the first night of the festival. Greek Fest starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 8 p.m. The last day of the festival is Sunday.

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