The old adage “It’s all Greek to me” took on a different connotation during this year’s Greek Festival. Instead of meaning something incomprehensible, the festival made it easy to see why Greeks and Greek-enthusiasts come flocking to Haverhill every year.

The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Church on Winter Street celebrated its Greek heritage Sept, 28, 29 and 30 and it was all Greek, all the time for the three-day party, with Friday and Saturday’s festivities spanning beyond 12 hours — Saturday the festival was hopping until 1 a.m.

Music, wares, and most importantly, food from the Hellenic Republic, were all the rage at the church as residents from throughout the area came to celebrate one of the most influential cultures in history.

The traditional blue and white of the Greek flag were major inspirations for decorations, as many tablecloths sported the color scheme.

Atop those tables were irresistible delicacies and treats, like loukoumades (a dessert covered in honey, cinnamon and nuts), spanakopita (a pie filled with spinach, feta cheese, onions and eggs), and baklava (a pastry made of layers of dough, filled with chopped walnuts or pistachios sweetened with syrup or honey).

Guests came from near and far.

Two-year-old Daphne Myers of Reading was one of the out-of-towners taking part in the festival. She was in town with her family to visit her grandparents in Haverhill and to attend the festival. Barbara Snicer, of Atkinson, N.H., came with a group of friends. They come every year to eat a delicious Greek lunch, then take dinner to go as they leave. And Ted Galanos came all the way from New York to sell his Greek goods like hanging candles and portraits of saints.

Even then Fifth District Congressional candidate Niki Tsongas, of Greek decent, took time out of her busy campaign schedule to enjoy the festival.

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