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Raleigh's annual Greek Festival is this weekend

This weekend is the 32nd Annual Greek Festival in the Exposition Center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

If you like Greek food, this is a way to get your fix of Greek food made by the ladies of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh. It doesn’t get any better than that. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

The festival is 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

General admission is $3, or $2 for seniors and children, ages 13-18. Younger children are free. Info: greekfestivalraleigh.com

Chat with me at the Southern Women's Show today and Saturday

I'll be at the Southern Women's Show today and Saturday so please stop by and see me.

We can talk coupons and frugal living. Or you can just say hello.

I'll be at The N&O booth near the cooking stage in the Expo Center from 5 to 7 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

I'll have freebies for the first five blog readers each day who stop by to chat.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Raleigh fairgrounds

The Triangle Area Chinese American Society is holding its annual Chinese New Year Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The family-friendly event is a food lover's dream. President Lisa Chang wrote in an email that the food will include Americanized Chinese food, including sesame chicken and General Tso's chicken, but also more traditional selections by talented local cooks. Those food items include three flavors of bubble tea, sweet and savory steamed rice cakes, moon cakes, dim sum, Taiwanese-style grilled sausage and Asian-style shaved ice. The latter is not the Italian, Hawaiian or New Orleans styles of shaved ice. Instead, Chang explains, it is "a mound of snow-like shaved ice covered with layers of brown sugar syrup and condensed milk and then topped with fruit flavored jellies, red bean, taro and more."

Tickets cost $5 in advance online at nctacas.org or at local Asian stores, such as Grand Asia in Cary and A&C Supermarket. in Raleigh. Otherwise, tickets cost $8 at the door.

Greek festival at Raleigh fairgrounds this weekend

This is one of those not-to-be-missed food events: the 31st annual Greek Festival this weekend in Raleigh.

The festivities and the food start at 5 p.m. Friday in the Exposition Center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Believe me when I tell you that this food is made by Greek grandmothers. It's the real deal and those women spend many hours making baklava and other Greek specialities by hand in the kitchen at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Lead Mine Road.

The hours of the three-day event is 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

General admission costs $3. Seniors and young adults age 13 to 18 pay $2 and children, ages 13 and under, are free. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

For more information, go to www.holytrinityraleigh.org/GreekFestival.

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