Greek Orthodox Parish & Community – The Dormition of Our Lady, North Altona – launch day of their new church
It’s the launch party of the new Greek church on Millers Road and there’s a lot of people about.
A lot of happy, animated people.
It’s not raining – but it has been.
Leaden skies and sunshine are in an arm wrestle that ends in a draw.
There is, however, a lot of dainty stepping around mud and puddles by people in high heels.
And even low heels.
Antonio from Werribee and I bond immediately.
I’m a bit bemused but not disturbed by the food on offer – corn, prawn skewers, falafel, fish and chips.
And lots of sweet treats.
Where’s the kebabs?
The queue for the F&C looks way too long and tiresome.
So after a beaut corn cob I go for a $5 falafel sandwich. With tahini sauce and turshi, it’s excellent.
I am unsurprised to run into emissaries of another western suburbs spiritual establishment.
Anna, Vicki, Pat and Pam are manning the sweets stand with great aplomb and gaiety.
It’s from Pam that I learn the reason for the food – the church’s big day just happens to coincide with a Greek Orthodox fast day that dictates the non-consumption of meat or dairy products.
Yet there is beer on sale!
I buy a $10 tray of homemade, syrupy goodness to take home, with Pam throwing is a handful of Turkish delight cubes for good measure.
It’s my lucky day!
After witnessing a punch-up in the queue for loukoumades – I take a $5 bunch of them home, too, and boy are they amazing! – I notice the crowd is thinning out and realise it’s time for me to do likewise.