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42nd Greek-American Festival to take place Sept. 7-9

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Downtown Toledo will host the 42nd annual Greek-American Festival Sept. 7, 8, and 9. 

Festival hours are:

  • Friday, Sept. 7: 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturday, Sept. 8: Noon to midnight
  • Sunday, Sept. 9: Noon to 7 p.m.

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 Sampler Platter will offer moussaka, spanakopita, tiropitas and dolmathes. 
  • The Chicken Platter will have chicken oregano on a bed of rice pilaf, moussaka, pastichio, spanakopita and bread.
  • The Souvlaki Platter will feature pork souvlaki on a bed of rice pilaf, moussaka, pastichio, spanakopita, and bread.
  • Gourmet Platters will also be available in the "express line." Additionally, featured on an ala carte basis will be souvlaki, shish kabob and rice pilaf, pastichio, moussaka, Greek style green beans, dolmathes, chicken oregano, rice pilaf, Greek salad, and rice pudding. The popular lamb shank dinner with rice pilaf and green beans will also be served.

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:

  • Friday at 7 p.m. featuring Saganaki with Becky Skiadas.
  • Saturday at 6 p.m. Presbytera Ann Hadgigeorge will prepare tiropitas (cheese pie)
  • Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Roula Manton will prepare Karithopita (walnut cake).
  • Sunday at 4:30 p.m. George Kamilaris will prepare pastichio (Greek lasagna).

The famous Hellenic Dance Company will perform an outstanding program featuring imported Greek costumes. 

The different age groups are:

  • Ellinopedia (ages 3-6)
  • Asteria (ages 7-9)
  • Olympians (ages 10-13)
  • Hellenic Dancers (teens and adults)

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:

  • Friday at 8 p.m. "Greek Language 101" with Dawn Anagnos
  • Saturday at 4:30 p.m. "Greek Culture Olympics"
  • Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Seminarian David Mynihan will present "My Big Fat Greek Orthodox Baptism"

Self-guided tours of the Cathedral will take place:

  • Friday from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. 

Live Cathedral tours will be conducted in the Cathedral with Father Aristotle Damaskos:

  • Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday at 3 p.m.

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. 


  • Adult admission is free Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thereafter, admission is $4
  • Adult admission is $4 Saturday. 
  • Sunday is Family Day with all adult admission just $1.
  • Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

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. 

Learn more about the Greek-American Festival.

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