Thu 8/22 @ 4-10PM
Fri 8/23 @ 4-11PM
Sat 8/24 @ noon-11PM
Sun 8/25 @ noon-9PM
Lots of church festivals pack the end-of-summer schedule but few are as big and festive as the Greek Festival at St. Helen and Constantine church in Cleveland Heights.
Food is the highlight, of course, the way it is at most church festivals, where church members hit their kitchens in the days preceding to whip up their specialities. You can count on moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, suvlaki, gyros, baklava and much much more. There’ll even be free cooking classes to teach you how to make those pastries at home. Greek wines? You bet! Ouzo? Absolutely! Non-drinkers can sip on hearty Greek coffee. And you can eat in the air-conditioned event hall in the church or outside.
Although it might be the star attraction, the food isn’t the only way to immerse yourself in Greek culture. There will be performances by traditional Greek musicians and dancers in costume, vendors selling Greek jewelry and artwork, religious items, books, CDs and videos, as well as a huge flea market on the church’s lower level.
And cathedral dean Father Stephen Callos and Father Tom Drenen will be doing guided tours of the church for those who want to know more about the building’s history and artwork, and about the Greek Orthodox faith in general.
The festival is free so you can spend lavishly on food!