The Columbus Greek Festival is one of my favorite events to the year. The food, the music, the setting, the people - it's just fun! Here are six tips to help you get the most out of your experience, when the Greek Festival is in full swing (Aug. 30-Sept. 2.)
1. First thing's first: You have to take a Cathedral tour, or at least peek in. The Cathedral space is covered in shining mosaics and beautiful iconography. The experience is enhanced with a tour - if you're not Greek Orthodox, a little interpretation is helpful in understanding the artwork and traditions of the faith.
2. Go for the full bottle of wine and share with friends. I like the crisp white Retsina for what's bound to be a hot summer day. It ends up being a little less expensive, and you don't have to wait in line as much for refills.
3. Check out all your food options before you commit. And don't skip the indoor cafeteria. Outside, peruse the souvlaki, gyros, spit roasted lamb and fries. Inside, there's more traditional fare, like stuffed grape leaves, moussaka and spanikopita.
5. Loukomades are required. These fluffly fried balls of dough are dipped in honey and rolled in nuts, and there's nothing better when they're warm. Get a large order and share. The stand is tucked back in the courtyard near the singing stage. Stake out a little plot of grass and enjoy.