You know you have a good thing going after more than 60 years.
This is definitely the case with Dayton's Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, which will throw its 61st party this weekend. In honor of its 61 years, here are exactly 61 reasons to love this beloved event.
1) The gorgeous setting.
2) The live music.
3) The dance performances.
4) The imported beer, wine and goods from Greece.
5) The shopping.
6) The raffle with a $5,000 cash prize.
7) Friday carryout lunches.
8) The cooking demonstrations.
9) The costumes.
10) The views of downtown, The Dayton Art Institute and The Masonic Temple.
11) The communal dining.
12) The gyros.
13) The baklava — 12,500 pieces are made!
14) The Koulouria (the classic Greek butter cookie).
15) The Loukoumades (honey puffs, similar to doughnut holes).
16) The moussaka (a casserole-like dish made with eggplant, meat, pureed tomato and onlon).
17) The spanakopita (spinach, feta, onions and egg wrapped in filo dough).
18) The dolmades (stuffed grape leaves).
19) The pastitsio (like a lasagna made with meat, tomato, cheese and spices, with tubular pasta instead of pasta sheets).
20) The Tiropita (blended cheeses wrapped in a buttered filo dough).
21) The Greek salads.
22) All that feta cheese. Feta's betta!
23) The homemade Greek salad dressing.
24) The true start of fall festival season.
25) Zorba Zone for kids activities.
26) The dedicated volunteers who help put it on.
27) The food tent.
28) The church tours.
29) That gorgeous church.
30) The sense of community.
31) The Greek lamb shank dinner.
32) The pork souvlaki dinner.
33) The Finikia (honey dipped cookies with a walnut filling).
34) The Kataifi (shredded wheat-like buttered pastry topped with walnuts and almonds and covered in syrup).
35) The Karithopita (walnut cake with syrup).
36) The Tsoureki (braided sweet Greek holiday bread).
37) Feta and watermelon salads.
38) Baklava sundaes!
39) The ouzo slushies.
40) The people watching.
41) The fact you can buy plenty of food and desserts to take home and freeze.
42) The Greek Tycoon Band.
43) The merchandise.
44) The Kefenion and wonderfully strong Greek coffee.
45) The Greek fries.
46) The Greek pizza.
47) The new and improved wine garden.
48) The Saganaki (flaming cheese .... mmmmm ... flaming cheese).
49) The hundreds of pounds of butter that's used.
50) Greek wines by the bottle or the glass.
51) The Greek Beer
52) Kalamata olives.
53) The reasonable cost to get in.
54) The variety pastry box — there's something for everyone.
55) The generations of families working together for their church.
56) Chocolate baklava.
57) The original skyline chili dog — the original recipe was created by a Greek.
58) Drinking and eating for a good cause.
59) Creative problem solving when things don’t go according to plan — like three days of solid rain on festival weekend.
60) It's 60 years old and going strong.
61) Being Greek for a day — OPA!
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Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept 7; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.
Cost: Free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Admission for the remainder of the festival is $2 per adult for the entire weekend. Entry is free for children 12 and younger. Re-entry is allowed.