Sunday, May 24, 2009


Each year during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Tremont holds their annual Greek Festival.

It's a rather eclectic mix of booths amongst the seething masses eating, wandering, and shopping. It's like a bazaar held inside a church. The booths range from textiles, books, bags, and trinkets, to second hand items. Of course, there's the food...

Our favorite item to eat at this festival is a fresh order of loukoumathes.

Loukoumathes getting sprinkled with nuts

These are fresh fried doughnuts served with a dusting of powdered sugar, cinnamon, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, and a small ladle of honey. It sounds too sweet, but it isn't.


The doughnuts are cooked to perfection. It's not heavy or dry, just soft, airy, springy, goodness.

Last year, we stood in the very long and winding line for a smorgasbord of entrees and side dishes. We deferred the opportunity this year.

With the loss of the best Greek restaurant in Cleveland, Niko's on Detroit, a few years ago, you'd think we'd be all about home cooked Greek food. I am not saying the food at the festival is horrible; it is quite good. Niko was very meticulous, always in the kitchen each time we went, that we've been spoiled with exquisitely prepared food.


Gyros were $5. As a result of the increasing number of people who attend this festival the past few years, the gyros are made and wrapped in advance. I miss the freshness of all gyros made to order years ago, but I realize this is more efficient.


The music is always too harsh with its piercing high tones and crackling speakers, so I typically make my exit when I see the dancers forming. It's a shame, as the dancers are always so cute, with most trying earnestly to get their steps right.

- Cassaendra

Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
2187 W 14th St
Cleveland, OH 44113

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