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Greek food festival brings us together

Residents of the Tri-State Area will this week celebrate the 35th renewal of an event steeped in tradition and offers a chance for friends and family to gather surrounded by delicious food.

The annual Holy Trinity Greek Food Festival signals to us that summer has arrived and that our area’s festival season is in full swing.

The festival truly is about food, with popular dishes including the special Greek roasted chicken, baked fish, lamb stew and meatballs in addition to perennial favorites –gyros, rice pilaf, green beans and dolmathes, the delicious stuffed grape leaves. And there are entrees including pastitsio, spanakopita and more. Pastries from traditional baklava to loukoumades to baklava sundaes will be available.

But it’s also about learning about Grecian culture, with the Greek Company Orchestra making nightly appearances and featuring many Hellenic music styles. Filarakia and Friends also will provide music for all three days of the event.

The festival holds a deep meaning for the members of the church, which sits at the corner of South Fourth and South streets.

Outdoor entertainment will be presented each day, and local vendors will have booths set up.

Those who attend the festival will have the chance to tour the church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. That remains a point of pride for its parishioners, many of whom prepare the dishes known far and wide as a wonderful, tasty sign of summer in Steubenville.

We hope area residents continue to stop by the festival and take part in the joy of the Greek community from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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