23rd annual Greek Festival begins Friday
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Evan Gekas, left, and Marc Nichols talk as Nichols cooks souvlaki-on-a-stick, which is pork marinated in spices, lemon juice and olive oil.<br>Staff photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan, jsullivan@mdjonline.com
Evan Gekas, left, and Marc Nichols talk as Nichols cooks souvlaki-on-a-stick, which is pork marinated in spices, lemon juice and olive oil.
Staff photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan, jsullivan@mdjonline.com
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MARIETTA — Countless diets will be put on hold when the Greek American community of Marietta prepares homemade Greek food and pastries for folks from all over the metro-Atlanta area.

A live Greek band from Dayton, Ohio, will be playing traditional songs while Hellenic dance troupes perform floor shows all weekend.

Patrons will be seated in the South’s only authentic Greek Amphitheater. The Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church will open its sanctuary and chapel doors for guided tours revealing the intricate iconography and giving visitors a glimpse into the ancient Christian church of Byzantium.

Free parking will be plentiful with continuous free shuttles picking up festival-goers and delivering them to the entrance of the festival.

When visitors are ready to depart, the same shuttles will transport them back to their vehicles.

A special play area for children will be set up featuring games, activities and crafts. Niko’s Taverna offers the opportunity to sample Greek wines, beers and liqueurs while sampling the mouthwatering appetizers.

In the Agora (marketplace), there will be a multitude of vendors displaying jewelry, clothing, souvenirs and other items with a Mediterrean flavor.

The Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church started in a shopping center and members held their first several Greek Festivals at the Cobb County Civic Center.

Long-time sponsor The Marietta Daily Journal is joined this year by 104.7 The FISH radio and CBS Outdoor. The festival is held on church grounds at 3431 Trickum Road. It will open on Friday, May 17 at 3 p.m. till 11 p.m. and will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and finally on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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