Food is the star of Greek festival

The annual Holy Trinity Greek Food Festival is a fixture on the region’s late spring calendar and offers an annual reminder that the much-anticipated festival season has arrived.

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of an event that is steeped in tradition, one that offers a chance for friends and family to gather surrounded by great food.

And it’s truly about food, with popular dishes including the special Greek roasted chicken, boneless leg of lamb, baked fish, lamb stew, sausage and souvlaki in addition to perennial favorites gyros and dolmades, the delicious stuffed grape leaves.

There are entrees including mousaka, spanakopita and more. Pastries from traditional baklava to diples and rice pudding will be available.

But it’s also about learning about Grecian culture, with the Greek Company Orchestra and Greek dancers performing nightly.

The festival holds a deep meaning for the members of the church, a longtime fixture at the corner of Fourth and South streets in Steubenville.

The church is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a point of pride for its parishioners, many of whom prepare the dishes known far and wide as a wonderful, tasty sign that summer is nearly here.

Tours of the church will be conducted daily during the festival.

We hope area residents continue to support the festival, which will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.