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Festival offering drive-up gyros, pies and other reasons to say ‘OPA!’

You can also pre-order and pick up favorites from Italian Fall Festa. 

You can pick up a gyro and go. 

For the second year, organizers of the Dayton Greek Festival will allow fans to pre-order and pick up food from the front of the festival during lunchtime on Friday, Sept. 7. 

Debra Pulos, public relations coordinator for the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church fundraiser (and our Daytonian of the Week), said the feature was a big hit last year and is expected to be better this year thanks to help from a committee including volunteers from the restaurant industry.

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“They really know what they are doing,” she said.  

The 60th annual festival opens at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7  at the church at 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. 

Faith Andolsek ,6, of Clayton gets to taste a vegetarian gyro with the help of aunt Karen Strider-IIames of Englewood at the Annual Greek Festival at the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church on Belmonte Park in Dayton. Photo by (Jim Witmer) (Jim Witmer)

WHAT YOU CAN GET

The drive-up option includes pastitsio, moussaka, Greek pizza, tsoureki, dolmades, gyro sandwiches and so many delicious desserts.

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Save for lamb shanks, Pulos said most items sold at the festival will be sold as part of the Friday pre-order, lunch carry-out service. 

Stamat Bulugaris cooks chicken at the Greek Festival. "I work 12 hours on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday is easier, it's only 9 hours over the grill," he said in between flipping the chicken for the chicken gyros. The Greek Festival continus Sunday from 11 to 6 at the Greek Orthodox Church on Belmonte Park Dr. in Dayton. STAFF FILE PHOTO BY SKIP PETERSON (Skip Peterson)

The menu items and pickup times (11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.) can be selected via the Dayton Greek Festival website. Click here to place order using a credit card.

Prices range from $15 for a large pastry variety box to $4 for spanakopita (spinach pie).

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The full menu will be available inside the festival. Prices inside the festival are slightly less than for the carryout menu. 

Carryout orders must be placed by 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. 

A designated pull off lane will be marked in the front of the church. A table will be marked “Carry Out Pick-up.”  

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Sunday funday was a day of family, friendship and food at the 2015 Dayton Greek Festival at the simply gorgeous Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton's Grafton Hill neighborhood.  (Staff photo by (Amelia Robinson)) (Amelia Robinson)

ANOTHER FRIDAY LUNCH OPTION

Organizers of the John Pirelli Lodge Order Sons of Italy’s Italian Fall Festa offer Friday lunch pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at that festival’s site,  2625 County Line Road  in Kettering.

Call (937) 258-3600 to order ahead between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.  Cash  payment is due when food is picked up for individuals or groups. 

The menu includes whole pepperoni or cheese pizzas for $13 each, pasta dinner with two meatballs and a side salad for $9 and cannoli for $4.  

2018 call in order menu for the 2018 Italian Fall Festa in Dayton. (Submitted)

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WANT TO GO?

Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton 

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept 8; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. 

Cost: Free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Admission for the remainder of the festival is $2 per adult for the entire weekend. Entry is free for children 12 and younger. 

Connect: (937) 224-0601 | WebsiteFacebook 

Veniti Tsikas, a Dayton resident, delivers a tray full of loucoumathes. They are like donuts that are dipped in honey and one of the treats available at the Dayton Greek Festival. STAFF FILE PHOTO BY RON ALVEY (Ron Alvey)

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