Left: St. George Antiochian Orthodox
(Toledo, OH) During the summer many churches in the Toledo area hold festivals, but none compare with the 30th annual St. George Antiochian Orthodox gala.
Sure, some festivals have better rides, and some offer gambling, but only St. George offers delicious Middle Eastern food.
And not just a bunch of warmed-over gyro sandwiches, either.
Pictured at left is the combination platter, featuring baked kibbe, stuffed grape leaves, a meat pie, and a lamb/beans/rice medley. I admit that I arrived hungry, but I have never eaten so well at a church festival; most of the local fairs feature the typical hot dogs, cotton candy, and other barely edible items.
The food quality was on par with the better Lebanese and Greek restaurants, and there is nothing better than finishing a meal with a Turkish coffee and baklava.
Today is the last day for the festival, so be sure to visit. The church is located at 3754 Woodley Road between Sylvania and Central, and runs from noon until 9 pm today; admission is $2 today. Be sure to take one of the tours of this beautiful church, as well.