The sights, sounds and smells of Greek food, fun and culture can be found in abundance this weekend at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival.
Held at 265 West 3rd St. in Mansfield, Ohio, the festival has been a staple in the community for more than 30 years. Fr. Michael Ellis of the Greek Orthodox Church said there is no shortage of activities throughout the three-day festival.
“We’re going to have wonderful entertainment via a live band playing the entire event, we have the youth and adult dance troupes, and church tours given every hour on the hour,” Ellis said. “And as always, the best food in town. I mean really excellent food.”
Somewhere, someone reading this story who has been to the Greek Festival in the past is trying to keep their mouth from watering. The traditional Mediterranean and Greek cuisine is arguably the most popular part of the festival, including gyros, lamb, Greek-style chicken and meatballs. And of course, the bake sale.
“Our baklava and Greek cookies are always very popular,” Ellis said. “Once the food line gets going, this place is moving from afternoon to evening.”
All the food prepared and served at the Greek Festival is produced courtesy of the church’s parish members. According to Ellis, many have worked in the restaurant business, and the recipes made throughout the festival were passed down through generations.
The Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival will take place May 20 through 22, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. More information about the festival can be found at the church’s website, www.greekorthodoxmansfield.org.