Take a trip to Wheeling for a taste of the Mediterranean.


Celebrating its 19th year in 2019, the Grecian Festival offers attendees an opportunity to experience Greek culture and history—free of cost—in the heart of Wheeling.

The festival will be held July 24–27 at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church. Attendees are invited to tour St. John’s sanctuary throughout the festival, and the church’s youth choir will perform hymns each evening. Two troupes of dancers will perform traditional Greek steps, while The Greek Company Orchestra will perform traditional melodies.

But what is a Greek gathering without food? In the outdoor taverna, guests can choose from gyros, Greek-spiced chicken wings, kabobs, and saganaki, a flaming Greek cheese. In the indoor dining area you’ll find roasted chicken coated in Greek herbs, Grecian sausages, and roasted lamb and vegetables.

Back by popular demand, Maria Kayafas and Patty Papadimitriou will host a “Fun with Filo” cooking demonstration on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, to show attendees how to work with the flaky dough used in baklava and other Greek pastries. Don’t worry—there will be samples.

2215 Chapline Street, 304.232.4976, grecianfest.com, @grecianfest

written by Lexi Browning