Final preparations are being made on the baklava and grapes leaves, among many other favorites, as the 26th-annual Grecian Food Festival gets under way this week.
A favorite festival among area residents, the downtown Steubenville festival will bring all things Greek to festival-goers Tuesday through Friday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on South Fourth Street.
We're sure Tri-State Area residents anxiously are waiting to taste their favorites such as moussaka, spanakopita, gyros, lamb stew and diples.
This year the outdoor tent will be expanded from sidewalk to sidewalk on South Street, according to organizers. There will be a taverna, or little cafe, set up under the tent where attendees get can get gyro sandwiches.
After filling up, festival-goers can loosen their belts and take in some unique and colorful Grecian dancing by the the Starlets, Junior Grecian Stars and Grecian Stars, all children from the parish.
Visitors to the festival also can get a glimpse of the 200-year-old church building, which in recent years was named to the National Register of Historic Places, as well as browse a gift shop full of souvenirs.
This festival has much meaning to the many Holy Trinity church members and Greek families who work many months in advance. The delectable food is prepared by the experienced hands of many wonderful cooks year after year, and for that we should all be thankful. Each year the Grecian Food Festival provides special memories to thousands of visitors from throughout the Ohio Valley and beyond.
This special festival is packed full of tradition and provides entertainment for area residents and also is an economic boost to area businesses, so we're hoping area residents and visitors plan to participate.