Panegyri Brings Greece to The Queen City

The popular Greek culture festival in Finneytown returns for the 49th year with food, dance, and history.
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Baklava is one of many traditional Greek desserts you can get at Panegyri. Among others are kataifi, loukoumades, galaktoboureko, and pasta flora.

Photograph Courtesy of Cincinnati Panegyri

The Holy Trinity–St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will be hosting its 49th annual Panegyri Greek Festival from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30. Panegyri, the Greek word for which the celebration is named, loosely translates into “a festival for everyone” and offers all kinds Greek fun.

Since 1975, the Panegyri Greek festival has been an opportunity for the Holy Trinity–St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to give back to the greater Cincinnati area while simultaneously educating the community through an immersive, event-filled weekend.

“The biggest joy that we have during this festival is watching everybody come in, just in amazement of what is going on here, with the food, the dancing, the music, the church tours with our new iconography project, and the culture,” says Peter Rodish, a member of the parish leadership team.

Guests will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the Greek experience.
The festival will feature indoor and outdoor sections, with events centered around history and culture, including cooking demonstrations, exhibits, musical perfomances, dance groups, and a free church tour.

The outdoor section of the festival will be modeled after the Greek-style agoras–open air marketplaces–which will showcase a mixture of new and classic Greek cuisines, such as moussaka, pastitsio, tiropita, and baklava sundaes from Thea’s Zaxaroplastio.

“This is showing everybody what we’re about. Everything is being home made. Everything is being cooked right out there in front of you. There is constant Greek music and dancing going on,” says Rodish. “When you leave the parking lot and you walk in, it’s almost like walking into Greece.”

Individual admission costs $3, a weekend pass is $5, and all children ages 12 and younger can enter for free. There will be free parking available at St. Xavier High School, with a shuttle bus service to and from the festival site.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival’s admission price will benefit The Good Shepherd Food Pantry, The Holy Transfiguration Community Garden, and FOCUS Cincinnati.

Friday, June 28- Sunday June 30, Holy Trinity – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Rd., Finneytown

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