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Columbus, OH at the gateway of the Short North and downtown Columbus, the 43rd Annual Greek Festival continues its tradition as the end of summer celebration in central Ohio. The Greek Festival takes place on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral at the corner of High St. and Goodale Blvd.
Experience a taste of Greece through authentic, hand-made food delicacies, tour the cathedral that is reminiscent of Orthodox churches in Greece with its pristine marble and carefully crafted mosaics and take in an artist’s showcase that includes painters, illustrators, sculptors and more.
The gourmet food menu includes pastitsio, moussaka, grape leaves, cheese and spinach pies (tyropites and spanakopites) and so much more. Festival goers can also enjoy a gyro, souvlaki, loukaniko or Greek lamb burgers. Among the selection of pastries are baklava and baklava sundaes, loukoumades (honey puffs) and more.
After the delicious food whets the appetite, discover the secret of preparing delicious Greek cuisine. Attend a cooking demonstration to learn how to prepare Greek food at home – and find the necessary ingredients at the Greek grocery store nearby.
Complementing the food is the culture of Greece. Patrons have the chance to learn traditional Greek folk dances that are performed by costumed children and adults from the community’s dance troupe. The dancers are joined by the Hellenic Singers, who serenade the crowds with folk songs from the Greece of days gone by.
This year’s festival will feature more imported items from Greece including clothing, handmade jewelry and accessories and imported olive oil-based Greek bath and beauty products. There will also be fine art on display and available for purchase from a number of Greek painters, photographers and illustrators (some local to our own parish) who are showcasing their original water colors, clay pottery, photographs, oil paintings, ceramics and beautiful Byzantine-styled iconography.
Touring the Cathedral and witnessing its beautiful mosaics and pristine marble is a way to experience the living faith of Orthodoxy. And the Orthodox Christian bookstore has so much to offer.
Festival hours Friday and Saturday are from 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday the festival is open from noon to midnight and Monday it is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information is available on the Cathedral’s Web site and on the festival’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.