Baltimore Greek Week is coming back. The second annual celebration of Greek history, culture and food is scheduled to run from March 18-25. This year's theme is "The Mediterranean Diet: A Greek Journey Through Food."
Throughout the eight day event, some 20 area restaurants will participate by offering discounts and special menu items, along with special events like wine tastings, lectures and movie screenings.
The grand finale of Greek Week, presented by the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee, is the annual Greek Independence Day parade on March 25.
Highlights of the festival include the following:
Zorba's in Greektown will feature a special $29.51 Greek platter from March 18-25, with grilled pork, grilled lamb chops, grilled octopus, Greek salad, Zorba's salad and some surprises.
The Olive Room at the Inn at the Black Olive and the new Agora Greek Gourmet Market will host an eight-course Greek wine tasting and food pairing on Wednesday, March 21. The cost is $50.
Captain James Landing in Canton will host an evening of lectures on "The Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and Greek Wine" on March 22 at 7 p.m. with Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos and Dr. Samarjit Das.
The Hazelwood Inn in Overlea will show free Greek movies throughout Greek Week, including "Zorba the Greek," "Never on Sunday," and ""My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
Jimmy's Famous Seafood in Broening Manor will host an olive oil tasting on Monday, March 19, featuring extra virgin olive oil from their farm on southern Greece.
See more discounts and specials here.