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ITHACA, NY (April 18, 2016) The gods will be visiting Central New York again this spring at the fourth annual “A Taste of Greece in Ithaca” Greek festival at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 120 West Seneca Street in downtown Ithaca.

The festival begins Friday, May 6 from 3:0 to 8:00 p.m. and continues Saturday, May 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Authentic Greek cuisine including chicken gyro, pastitsio, spanakopita, dolmathes, and more will be available for purchase. A variety of homemade Greek pastries will also be available, like baklava and loukoumathes, or honey puffs. There will also be Greek items for sale in the gift shop and tours of the historic church throughout the day Saturday.

Father Tom Parthenakis, presiding priest at St. Catherine’s since 2010, hails from a large community near Erie where he chaired an annual Greek festival for over twenty years.

“Our “Taste of Greece in Ithaca” festival has been hugely successful for our church,” said Father Tom. “We’re very excited to share our Greek culture and hospitality with the local community again this year.”

The church’s women’s group, or Philoptochos Society, hosts two highly successful bake sales each year at Christmas and Easter. The church also holds community dinners in the social hall and an annual Hellenic Holiday Dinner Dance every November.

St. Catherine’s has a newly renovated kitchen that is used to prepare foods for the “A Taste of Greece in Ithaca” festival. The church’s community kitchen and social hall is available for rent for receptions, classes, and other events.

For more information, visit Taste of Greece Greek Festival, Ithaca NY on Facebook, or contact the church at 607-273-2767 or

Featured photo courtesy of Taste of Greece Greek Festival, Ithaca NY Facebook page. 

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Jolene Almendarez

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