‘Pita Ladies’ at Syracuse Greek Festival Cook Up Traditional Food 'Pita Ladies' at the Syracuse Greek Festival cook up traditional food

The 2022 Syracuse Greek Festival kicks off today

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)  — The annual Syracuse Greek Festival returns after a two-year hiatus, and the women of the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church are back cooking up as much pita as the ovens can fit.

Chrys Intze has been a volunteer cook for the church for the last four decades, and she prides herself on the sheer effort it takes to create so much food in such little time.

“Because it takes a lot of muscle,” Intze said. “And we got over 260, that’s what we made this year. That’s over 5,000 pieces of pita. So, you know, it’s a lot.”

Intze’s family arrived in Syracuse in 1917 with her grandparents, and she has had her family there ever since.

The family recipes of the women stays true, as they still stay strict to the old ways.

“We prepare spanakopita and tiropita very differently than most other festivals in that our phyllo is still homemade,” event organizer Sophia Mestos said. “We still do it in the old style, so it’s a lot of hard labor and a lot of skill.”

The festival runs from 5:00 p.m. tonight until 9:00 p.m., and throughout the weekend until wrapping up Sunday at 4 p.m.

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