Ohio Greeks Kick Off Annual Festival

Greek-Americans in Toledo, Ohio, will celebrate their Greek traditions at the 48th annual Greek-American Festival, hosted by Holy Trinity Cathedral, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Christos Theodorou, festival co-chair since 1989, who passed away in June.

In addition to periodic performances of the Hellenic Dance Company, who perform in age-separated groups ranging from the youngest Ellinopedia to the oldest Hellenic Dancers, festival attractions include cooking demonstrations, educational lectures, and cathedral tours.

There will also be vendors, children’s entertainment, live music and, of course, plenty of opportunities to eat.

Volunteers have been working for months to prepare 28,000 pastries, said pastry chairman Connie Mynihan, who added the goal is that even the latest festival-goer on Sunday will be able to have a taste.

The total goal includes 5,500 pieces of traditional baklava, which, alongside the chocolate and coconut-flavored baklava, ranks as the most demanded pastry.

A “kefenion” serving Greek and American coffee and a “taverna” serving domestic and imported wine and beer round out the refreshment offerings.

Dance performances are sprinkled throughout the three-day festival, and a full schedule is available online at toledogreekfest.com.

Venue: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 Superior Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604