Press Release

A long standing tradition of food and culture

Columbus, OH at the gateway of the Short North and downtown Columbus, the 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). Patrons can also enjoy a gyro, souvlaki, loukaniko and saganaki (flambeed’ cheese). Among the variety of pastries are: baklava, baklava sundaes, loukoumades and so much more.

Patrons also have the chance to learn traditional Greek folk dances, 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 again features a Greek Taverna where bouzouki player George Karras is performing live Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a meze (appetizer) platter returns with kalamari, dolmades, olives, feta and more being offered in addition to a full bar.

While shopping, patrons will find 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 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.

Admission tickets – good for all four days of the festival – are $5, $4 for senior citizens while children under 12 are free. In addition, all members of the military and their immediate families are invited as the Festival’s special guests the entire weekend with a military ID or other proof of service-active-duty.

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