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Updated: 02/15/2014 08:00:01AM

‘It’s Chic to be Greek’

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Enjoying lunch under the big tent, residents and staff members from Life Care Center in Punta Gorda came over by bus on the opening day of the annual Greek Fest.

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Opa!!! It's that time of year for the annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Port Charlotte. There is food, food and more food, including flamed cheese, aka “flaming saganaki,” a Greek favorite, being made by the Rev. Ioannis Krokos and Nick Louloudis. The 21st annual Greek Festival continues today and Sunday at 24411 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, featuring live music, dancers, vendors and a huge variety of Greek delicacies, pastries, wine and entrees. For more information, visit www.greekfestportcharlotte.com.

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Shirts with Greek sayings are hung and sold by Faye Tsovolos, 15, Dena Manos, 21, and Vivian Tsovolos, 20, who volunteered for the festival.

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Nick Seda and Stefanos Loisou work the grill on opening day Friday.

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Nuha Dubbaneh shows off one of the olive wood plaques made in Jerusalem and sent over to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church to help raise funds for the church.

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Cathy Sanders lets Ambarose Woods get a whiff and then a sample of a 2007 vintage regional red dry wine, Agioritikos, from the Protopapas Winery in Greece, just one of the select wines available at the festival.

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Jan Gallas spent the first day going table to table, offering a variety of Greek desserts. Chocolata koc (chocolate mousse cake) and galaktoboureko (flavored custard baked in phyllo pastry) are two favorites.

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Sofia Isantides spent her first festival day frying up loukoumades, aka fried dough, which then is dipped in honey. It's just one of the many Greek pastries being made on-site at the festival.

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Colleen Thomas, Helen Pizzutto, her husband Michael, and Ben Thomas head to the tables outdoors to enjoy their lunch of homemade Greek food.

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The 21st annual Greek Festival opened Friday and continues today and Sunday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 24411 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, featuring live music, dancers, vendors and a huge variety of Greek delicacies, pastries, wine and entrées.

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