TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Downtown Toledo will host the 42nd annual Greek-American Festival Sept. 7, 8, and 9.
Festival hours are:
On Friday, admission will be free until 3 p.m. The Food Tent will offer a complete ala carte menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (platters will not be available until 2 p.m.); also gyros and pastries will be available. All other booths will open at 2 p.m.
The Food Tent will feature three dinner platters for $10 each:
The Fast Food Tent will serve beef and lamb Gyros topped with onions and tzaziki sauce, along with chicken Gyros, Greek fries, Greek pizza, and hot dogs. New this year is saganaki (flaming cheese).
Cooking demonstrations will be conducted:
The famous Hellenic Dance Company will perform an outstanding program featuring imported Greek costumes.
The different age groups are:
Performances will be:
FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Asteria 1 p.m.
Ellinopedia/Asteria 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 2:00p.m.
Olympians 7:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. 3:30p.m.
Hellenic Dancers 9 p.m. 4 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 5:00p.m.
The Levendes of Detroit will provide Greek and American music Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Olympus from Cleveland will perform Greek and American Techno music.
For the children there will be plenty of ice cream, rides, and entertainment.
Inside the Community Center will be the large "Kafenion" where visitors can enjoy American and Greek coffee with thousands of delicious pastries: Baklava, Diples, Galaktobouriko, Kourambiethes, Koulourakia, Finikia, Karithopita, Paximathia, Floyeres, and Macaroons. Loukoumathes and baklava ice cream will be available on the festival grounds. Feta cheese, rice pilaf and other Greek foods will also be for sale.
Also inside the Community Center will be the Boutique, Religious and Cultural Booths featuring icons and books representing the Greek Orthodox Faith, costume jewelry, T-shirts, paintings, and many imported gifts from Greece. Again this year is "Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More," the award-winning cookbook featuring more than 500 Greek and American recipes by the parishioners of Holy Trinity Cathedral. The book will be available for purchase.
Again this year, the Community Center will hold three lectures on Greek language and Culture:
Self-guided tours of the Cathedral will take place:
Live Cathedral tours will be conducted in the Cathedral with Father Aristotle Damaskos:
The "Taverna" will feature an outstanding variety of domestic and imported wines, plus ice cold beer. The Taverna will have a 60 feet x 60 feet tent for diners in case of rain, and football games will be featured on two large flat-screen televisions, which will be raffled off Sunday at 6 p.m.
The entrances for the festival are at Walnut and Superior, as well as Summit and Walnut. Parking is available throughout the festival neighborhood and at the Vistula Garage located at Superior and Orange.
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