The sale, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Hellenic Center atrium of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 2500 Clairmont Road, NE in Atlanta, benefits the church and will feature classic Greek treats such as baklava, koulourakia and wedding cookies.
Co-founders of the sale Valine Georgeson and Pat Roney said the church started the bake sale due to requests by the Atlanta community.
“At different festivals when we sell pastries or food, the question we always get is ‘where can I buy this stuff afterwards,’ so Pat had the great idea to have an event in the springtime,” said Georgeson.
Last year, the church collected more than $13,000 during the event and said the bake sale is popular in the community.
Yiayia means “grandmother,” and Georgeson and Roney said many of the recipes used to make the goodies are part of a family tradition.
“Everyone has different recipes for each dish so it’s interesting to taste the different variations,” Roney said. “It’s important in our community to preserve these recipes, so passing them along to others and keeping the dishes alive is the fun part of it.”
This year, patrons can also purchase a variety of vegetarian meal options, including spinach pies, salads and soups that can be frozen and preserved.
“This is our Lenten season where we abstain from meat, so we have a vegetarian meal packed and ready to go,” said Georgeson. “All of our soups are sold by the quart and everything we make you can freeze for later.”
Most of all, Georgeson and Roney said they are excited to see the turnout from the DeKalb community.
“The bake sale is really great for us and the community at large because it brings us all together,” Georgeson said.
“It’s about fellowship, camaraderie and sharing what we love with our neighbors.”