Athena Durkin of Dracut and Elayna Grillakis Lowell serve up a baklava sundae at the Hellenic American School tent near Boarding House Park in 2011. sun
Athena Durkin of Dracut and Elayna Grillakis Lowell serve up a baklava sundae at the Hellenic American School tent near Boarding House Park in 2011. sun file photo

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The community groups offering ethnic foods during the Lowell Folk Festival represent the diversity of the Lowell community and the willingness of the Lowell community to share its cultural traditions.

Each group provides foods that will tempt and delight festivalgoers' taste buds. Through these groups, hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes to prepare food before the festival and to serve festival crowds during the festival weekend. All foods are prepared in inspected kitchens and food preparation and service follow strict Department of Public Health guidelines.

Food sales' net proceeds are returned in full to the community in the form of donations to charitable organizations and programs. Here's what's on the menu:

AFRICAN

LIBERIAN EMANUEL TEMPLE

(Dutton Street)

On the menu: Cassava leaf with rice ($10); jollof rice ($10); Liberian patatoe salad ($10); baked chicken ($5); spare ribs ($5); shackabie (meat on a stick) ($5); fried plantain ($5); patatoe salad ($5); corn ($2); rice bread ($2); doughnuts ($2); candy ($2).

ARMENIAN

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY

(JFK Plaza)

This organization supports local and oversees charitable causes. The society raises money for two scholarships, an Armenian summer camp and a summer studies group, plus money to help in resettlement. Locally, it has provided financial aid shelters for battered women and for the homeless.

On the menu: Losh kebab sandwich ($6); losh kebab dinner with rice, salad, losh and bread ($8); rice pilaf ($2.50); salad in pouch ($3); lamejun (meat pie) ($3); spinach pita ($3); stuffed grape leaves ($1); paklava ($2); gadaif ($2); boorma ($1.50).

BURMESE

OVERSEAS BURMESE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

(Dutton Street)

Fried rice ($5); fried noodles ($5); Burmese noodle salad ($5); tofu fritters ($5); bean fritters ($5); tofu salad ($5); chicken potatoes dish ($6); grilled pork with Burmese sauce ($6); grilled beef with Burmese sauce ($6); Shwe Kyi ($3); Puddin Banana ($3); sweet sticky rice ($2).

FILIPINO

ISKWELAHANG PILIPINO

(Boarding House Park)

This Filipino school in Newton is run entirely by volunteers. Proceeds from food sales go to defray costs of operating the Sunday afternoon language and culture school for children ages 4-17.

On the menu: Inihaw na Karne (beef barbecue) ($5); Inihaw na Manok (chicken barbecue) ($4); lumpia (egg roll) ($3); turon (banana roll) ($2); sinangag (fried rice) ($3); pancit bihon (rice noodles) ($4); beef barbecue combo with egg roll, fried rice and rice noodles ($11); chicken barbecue combo ($10).

GREEK

HOLY TRINITY HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

(JFK Plaza)

On the menu: Souvlaki (chicken or lamb shish-kabob) ($6); spanokopita (spinach pie) ($4); gyro sandwich ($6); Greek salad with roll ($4); souvlaki dinner with rice, salad and roll ($10); spinach pita ($3); Greek pastries: baklava ($2), kouralakia (braided butter cookies) ($4).

HELLENIC AMERICAN ACADEMY PTA

(Boarding House Park)

Funds will be used for cultural activities and parades at the school throughout the year. Students will experience and learn knowledge of their Greek past and present.

On the menu: Gyro sandwich ($6); lamb skewer ($7); chicken skewer ($6); spinach pie ($4); grape leaves (vegetarian) ($3); baklava($3); baklava sundae ($6).

INDIAN/JAMAICAN

THE SEED

(Boarding House Park and JFK Plaza)

This organization, founded by former state Sen. Daniel Leahy, raises money for the inner-city poor in Kingston, Jamaica. Proceeds will help sustain the group's efforts throughout the year.

On the menu: Indian samosas ($3); Jamaican beef patty ($3); watermelon wedge ($2); rum cake ($3); Jamaican snow ($2).

LAOTIAN

LAO UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

(JFK Plaza)

This Lowell-based organization sponsors activities for the Laotian community, including camping and other youth programs as well as a women's group.

On the menu: Egg roll ($1); pat thai noodle ($3); fried rice ($3); chicken wings ($2); beef stick ($1); papaya salad ($5); combo plate of fried rice, pat thai noodle, beef stick ($7); watermelon ($1); spring water ($3).

ASIAN

WAT LAO MIXAYARAM OF NEW ENGLAND, INC.

(Boarding House Park)

This organization promotes the practice of Buddhism in the Laotian community. Funds are used to run programs to cultivate Laotian customs, and to ease the assimilation of Southeast Asian immigrants.

On the menu: BBQ Chicken Wings ($2); BBQ Beef Teriyaki ($2); Fried Noodles ($3); Wat Lao Mixayaram Special Egg Roll ($2); Sticky Rice ($2); Papaya Salad ($5); Fried Rice ($2).

WAT BUDDHABHAVANA OF MASSACHUSETTS

(JFK Plaza)

On the menu: Vegetarian Egg Roll ($2 each, 2 for $3); Chicken Wings ($2 each, 2 for $3); Chicken BBQ ($2 each, 2 for $3); Papaya Salad ($6); Pad Thai Noodle ($6); Fried Rice ($6); Sticky Rice ($2); Combo Plate (choice of three, pad thai/fried rice, 2 sides $8); Watermelon ($1).

LATIN

BRAZILIAN HOUSE OF PRAYER

(Dutton Street)

On the menu: Brazilian Combo (rice, vinaigrette, bacon flour, fried yuca, kabob) ($8); Espetinito De Carne/Frango (beef kabob/chicken kabob) ($4); Espetinito De Salsicha (sausage kabob) ($3); Coxinha (chicken roll) ($3); Pastel De Carne/Queijo (beef

and cheese pastry) ($3); Pudim De Leite (flan) ($3); Mousse De Maracuja (Passion Fruit Mousse) ($3); Delicia De Abacaxi (Pineapple Delicious) ($3); Cocada ($3)

LOWELL LATIN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF ST. PATRICK PARISH

(Boarding House Park)

On the menu (Friday and Saturday evenings): Alcapurria (fried mash plantain and meat) ($2); Papa Rellena de carne (meat stuffed with mashed potato ball) ($2); Pastelillos Rellenos de Carne de pollo, res (meat pie stuffed with ground chicken, beef) ($2); Bacalaito (fried codfish dough) ($2); Arroz con pollo, habichuelas y Ensalada (rice with chicken, beans and salad) ($2).

On the menu (Saturday and Sunday day): Arroz Con Pollo, Habichuela y Ensalada (chicken and rice with beans and salad) ($10); Arroz Con Gandules Con Pernil o Pollo y Ensalada (chicken or roast pork with rice, pigeon peas and salad) ($10); Pernil Con Tostones y Ensalada (roast pork, fried plantains and Salad) ($10); Chicharrones de Pollo Con Tostones (deep fried chicken with fried plantains) ($8); Pinchos de pollo o cerdo (pork or chicken kabobs) ($4); Piononos (sweet plantains stuffed with meat) ($4); Alcapurria (fried mash plantain and meat) ($2); Papa Rellena de carne (meat stuffed with mashed potato ball) ($2); Pastelillos Rellenos de carne de pollo, res) (meat pie stuffed with ground chicken, beef) ($2); Bacalaito (fried codfish dough) ($2); rice ($4); Tostones (fried plantains) 10 for ($2); Habichuelas solas (stewed beans) ($2); Pudin de pan (bread pudding) ($2).

MIDDLE EASTERN

ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH

(Boarding House Park)

On the menu: Falafel ($7); fatoosh ($7); hommus ($5); loobie and rooz (green beans and sautéed onions in tomato sauce served over rice pilaf) ($6); chicken kabob Wrap ($7); beef whawara (slices of beef marinated in very rich spices, served on pita bread wrap, with tahini sauce, tomatoes, parsley, Middle Eastern pickles) ($8); kafta wwrap (ground beef mixed with parsley, onions, seasonings, drizzled with tahini sauce, sumac, red onion) ($8); ccombination plate (falafel, hommus and fatoosh or either chicken or kafta with rice pilaf and fatoosh) ($12); zalabee (fried dough) ($3).

POLISH

LOWELL POLISH CULTURAL COMMITTEE

(JFK Plaza)

These Folk Festival veterans donate their proceeds to many Lowell organizations, including the Polish National Home Association scholarship fund and two Polish parish groups.

On the menu: Pierogi (ravioli-like dumpling filled with cheese or cabbage) ($1); kapusta (cabbage soup with pork) ($3); kielbasa sandwich ($4); ogorki (Polish pickle) ($.25); rye bread ($2.25); babka ($3); rosettes (3) ($1).

THAI

BUDDHACHAK, INC.

(Dutton Street )

On the menu: Vegetable spring roll ($2); chicken on stick ($4); fresh roll ($5); pad thai ($6); chicken yellow curry ($6); vegetable ccurry ($6); mango fried fice ($6); BBQ rib ($7); combination plate (two items) ($8); corn on the cob ($3); fried plantain ($3).

Menus for the Portuguese American Veterans Center at JFK Plaza, the Jerusalem Cafe and the Brazilian International Ministry of Deliverance, both at Dutton Street, were unavailable.