One of the most anticipated weeks of the year opened earlier today when the 28th-annual Grecian Food Festival got under way at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
A favorite festival among residents of the Tri-State Area, the event will bring all things Greek to the corner of South Fourth and South streets, before its annual run comes to a close Friday.
Area residents have made the festival one of the most popular in the region, and we're sure they have been anxiously waiting to taste their favorite menu items, including moussaka, spankakopita, loukoumathes, lamb stew, gyros and diples.
This year's festival will feature the Greek Company Orchestra, which will provide a variety of Hellenic music styles. The group's five musicians, who each call Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio home, have been providing entertainment for the past three decades.
Preparations for the annual festival have been under way for many months now, and the food stands as a testament to the labor of love put in by church members and their families.
The Grecian food festival is just one of several events slated for downtown this week. The annual Dean Martin Festival runs Thursday through Saturday at the Spot Bar on North Fourth Street, and Thursday's concert at the Berkman Amphitheater will feature Dr. Zoot on Zoot Island.
Saturday will feature Local History Day at Historic Fort Steuben, the Hometown Celebration Fair on South Third Street, an open house at the Grand Theater for the Performing Arts, tours of the Jefferson County Historical Museum on Franklin Avenue and a special concert by Beatlemania Magic at the amphitheater in the evening.
The food festival and the other events scheduled for this week are packed full of tradition and help to offer an economic boost to area businesses. We hope to see you downtown.