By: Kirsten Thomas
Last weekend marked the start of festival season in Dayton. As usual, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church fulfilled its goal of bringing people together, young and old, to enjoy an authentic Greek experience.
Live music from the festival could be heard from streets surrounding the church. Admission was free, and the smell of gyro meat was the first thing to greet visitors as they approached. Tents of food vendors created a mini street of options for all Greek foods: pastitsio, dolma, gyros and more. In addition to the many food options, The Opa! Bar was very popular among visitors. Live music was continuous throughout the festival, and dancers were frequent.
To get away from the noise, visitors could tour the church’s ornate cathedral (for a small donation) or visit the indoor marketplace and cafe, which served Greek coffee and pastries, including a mouthwatering baklava sundae.
Looking forward, The Dayton Art Institute will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest starting September 23. Festival goers can enjoy live entertainment, craft beverages, and artisan vendors for a small admission price.