This post is written by Sandi Combs, Marketing Coordinator for Experience Columbus. You can follow Sandi on Twitter @Sandi_ExpCols .

Want to experience authentic Greek cuisine and culture without leaving the States? Head on over to the Annunciation Greek Cathedral's 39th annual Greek Festival Sept. 2-5. There will be plenty to eat, see and do!

Greek food happens to be one of my favorite ethnic fares. If you're just trying this food genre for the first time, I suggest trying the following popular dishes to start: Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Pastitsio (Greek lasagna), Spanakopita (spinach and cheese filled puff pastry), Tyropita (cheese filled puff pastry), Loukoumades (fried dough with honey) and, of course, Baklava (yummy - no further explanation needed!) For veteran tastebuds, why not try out the new dish they're offering this year: Plaki (baked, seasoned white fish)? Also, by popular demand, the organizers have brought back the Lamb Roast Taverna.

Columbus Greek Festival

While I've not been to this particular event yet, I've been to many other Greek festivals around Ohio. Besides eating, my other favorite things to do are watch the dancers, browse through the marketplace for jewelry and art, and pick up some pastries to take home. At this festival, I hear there will also be Greek wine sampling as well as storytellers who will share the famed tales from mythology.

To see photos from years past, click here .  To check out details on the Drive-Thru Gyro Stand, and other new things for 2011, click here .

Looking forward to seeing you there. I'll be the one yelling "Opa!"

What's you're favorite thing about the Greek Festival? Favorite food?