Members of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church have been working tirelessly preparing for the annual Odyssey Greek Festival.
The 33rd annual Odyssey Greek Festival takes place on the church grounds, 480 Racebrook Road, Labor Day Weekend.
Every year, throngs of people come to Orange for the dancing, the music and, oh yes, the food.
So what, you may ask, goes into making all that food?
Here are some Odyssey fun facts.
The desserts alone take up enough ingredients to feed a small country.
There are 28,000 pieces of handmade pastry, made with 1,350 pounds of butter; 2,400 farm fresh eggs; 900 pounds of four; 1,500 pounds of sugar; 600 pounds of walnuts; 95 gallons of milk; 30 pounds of sesame seeds; 600 pounds of filo dough and 5 pounds of cinnamon.
And what about the other food?
Hold onto your hat, the St. Barbara cooks use 400 pounds of tomatoes;, 100 pounds of onions; 120 gallons of milk; 600 pounds of ground beef; 160 pounds of penne pasta; 8,000 farm fresh eggs; 200 pounds of pecorino roman cheese; 500 pounds of chopped spinach; 500 pounds of ricotta cheese; 600 pounds of cottage cheese and 600 pounds of filo dough.
During the four day festival, St. Barbara will go through 6,500 pieces of spanikopita and tiropita; 100 pans of moussaka; 70 pans of pastichio; 18 whole lambs on a spit; 1,000 pounds of boneless leg of lamb; 1,500 pounds of pork tenderloin; 100 pounds of boneless chicken breast and 4,000 gyros.
Kali Orexi! (Healthy Appetite!)
Friday, Aug 30 thru Sunday, Sept. 1 — 12 noon to 10 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 2 — 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Free parking and admission.