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Eat your religion at church festivals this weekend

Combination plate

Combination plate with loukaniko and fried squid and smelt at the St. Haralambos Greek Festival, 2008. (Photo by Leah A. Zeldes)

Church festivals offer some of the best eating. Two good ones are coming up this weekend.

St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 N. Caldwell, Niles, hosts its annual Big Greek Food Festival this weekend. This is absolutely one of the best food festivals of the Chicagoland summer, with homemade Greek specialties such as loukaniko (Greek sausage), roast lamb, Athenian-style chicken, spanakopita (spinach pie), moussaka, and more.

Live music, dancing, cooking demos and kids’ activities also feature.

Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 17, and 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and July 19. Admission is $2, $1 for kids and seniors. Call (847) 647-8880 for more information.

Our Lady of Lourdes, 4640 N. Ashland Ave. in Ravenswood, hosts its annual Taste of Lourdes from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Church members from 10 countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Nigeria and the Philippines, cook up foods from their native lands for this festival.

The event also features live bands and dancing under the stars. Call (773) 561-2141 for more details.