DAYTON — OPA! Dancing, music, Gyro’s and pastries can mean only one thing, and that is that the 2015 Greek Festival is finally here. The families of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church welcome the public to the annual Greek Festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 11, 12 and 13.
The church and festival grounds are located at 500 Belmonte Park North, next to the Dayton Art Institute.
Festival hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is: Free on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the rest of the weekend, admission is $2 per person; children under 12 are free. Folks who wish to beat the crowds will want to visit the festival in the afternoon hours of any of its three days.
Free parking and bus shuttle service: Parking is available on the streets surrounding the church. Take advantage of the free parking and bus shuttle service which begins on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Grandview Hospital Employee Lot on Shaw Avenue or top two floors of hospital’s indoor parking garage; Grafton Medical Center Lot, Forest & Grand; or Schrimpf Eye Center Lot at 330 Forest. Shuttles will run during festival hours every hour on the half hour and drop you off at the door.
What to do at the Festival? For starters – you’ll enjoy traditional foods from the treasured recipes of our parishioners: pastitsio (the Greek version of lasagna), moussaka (eggplant casserole), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), lamb and chicken dinners slow-roasted in a flavorful sauce, and delicious gyro pita-wrapped sandwiches. If meatless dishes are preferred, try the vegetarian pastitsio, spinach and cheese pies in phyllo dough, veggie gyros, Greek salads topped with feta cheese and Kalamata olives.
Always a hit with the kids are Skyline Chili Coneys, Greek fries and Greek Pizza. Enjoy craft beers, imported beers and wines with a variety of hors d’oeuvres. For dessert, numerous pastries, including the always-popular baklava and honey puffs are available.
Take a tour of our beautiful Byzantine-style church which includes a short presentation on the Eastern Orthodox faith. Our Grecian Boutique carries jewelry and other imported items including coin skirts, headbands and wristbands.
Cooking demonstrations are held throughout the weekend. The Zorba Zone will entertain children beginning at 5pm on Friday, throughout the weekend.
It’s all about the Music. The “Greek Tycoons” and dancers in traditional costumes will entertain all weekend and encourage everyone to join in on the fun.
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is pleased and honored to bring the Greek culture, heritage and traditions to the Miami Valley.
Come be a Greek for a day! OPA!