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Birmingham Greek Festival celebrates 48 years


Get ready for some homemade baklava. The Birmingham Greek Festival is back for its 48th year this weekend. The event will celebrate Greek food, dance and music. The festival will be outdoors in front of Birmingham’s Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Cathedral.

Festival spokeswoman Elaine Lydia said all of the festival’s recipes have stayed the same since its founding 48 years ago.

“Well, they need to come hungry. The Greeks love to embrace everyone as family, so if they don’t know how to pronounce anything, we’ll be sure to help pronounce it for them. They can expect to have everything homemade,” she said.

Admission to the festival is free. All food is sold in an a-la-carte style. Patichio, or a Greek version of lasagna, is a favorite at the festival. Lydia also said all food options are available for drive thru.

“In the past, we’ve served over 38,000 people in three days. We’ve figured out the system. We come to your car, so if you see a line, don’t worry. We will come to your car, we will take your order and we bring your food to you. We move fast,” she said.

The Birmingham Greek Festival is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM at the Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Cathedral. All profits go to local charities. For more information, visit

Libby Foster is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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