The Greek food festival is now the Greek Food Festival

November 01, 2011|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Since the early 1970s, folks have flocked every fall to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation for the church’s annual fall festival. They come for the music and dancing, to buy art and handicrafts and to tour the handsome 1889 church building designed by Charles E. Cassell.

Yeah, right.

They come for the food, and, on its 40th anniversary, the organizers have come to terms with this and have renamed the event: Formerly known as the Athenian Agora and more recently the Greek Heritage Festival, this year’s edition is called the Greek Food Festival.

Some visitors stay above ground on Preston Street for the gyros, souvlaki, fried calamari and slow-roasted legs of lamb. But discerning festival-goers make their way into the cathedral’s basement for a meal at Aphrodite’s Restaurant, where the homemade offerings always include lamb shank with rice pilaf, spanakopita, pastitsio, Greek salad and dolmades. A pastry shop, with baklava and other honey-soaked Greek treats, is downstairs, too.

New this year: a Greek yogurt sundae bar and a Greek coffee bar.

The festival will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation at 24 W. Preston St., rain or shine, on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and on Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Call 410-727-1831 or go to www.batlimoregreekfestival.com.

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