29th Annual Greek Festival kicks off in Cranston

One of Rhode Island’s traditional events is taking place this weekend in Cranston. The three-day Greek Festival is in its 29th year at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and brings authentic Greek food, pastries, and family fun.

Rhode Show co-host Brendan Kirby is ‘On the Rhode’ in Cranston, to get a preview of this weekend’s festival.


All of the food and pastries are prepared in the kitchen of our parish hall, from scratch. Every recipe is authentic.

Some of the food offered includes: Roasted lamb, roasted chicken and pork souvlaki, gyro, pastitsio—pasta, ground beef and béchamel sauce, loukaniko—a Greek sausage, spanakopita—spinach pie, and tyropita—cheese pie.


You can find Baklava, koulourakia (butter cookies), kourabiedes, melomakarona, diples, karidopita, kataifi, and rice pudding at this weekend’s festival.

There are also two versions of fried dough available: loukoumades (like a donut hole but with syrup on it and a choice of nuts and/or cinnamon). Three is also the well-known Gus’s doughboys of Oakland Beach fame.

One pastry, galaktoboureko—layers of phyllo dough filled with a custard and glazed with honey syrup—is prepared fresh, every morning on the days of the festival.


If you like strong coffee, there’s something for you to enjoy at the festival:

  • The iced coffee drink of Greece is called a frappé and is a staple at all Greek cafes. It has a distinctive layer of foam on top.
  • The hot coffee is made from roasted and finely ground coffee beans, boiled in a small pot, and served in an espresso-size cup.
  • Once you drink the coffee, you’ll find the coffee beans have settled at the bottom.
  • There is also a nice variety of Greek wines and Greek beer.


This year, the church is raffling off a new, Toyota Corolla or $15,000 cash — winner’s choice!

Check out the Facebook page Cranston Greek Festival where you can find out all the information about the Festival. Please “Like It” and share it with your friends.


  • Friday, 5-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 12 p.m. -10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Street parking is available. Also, additional free parking is available at Cranston West High School (on Curtis Street). Shuttle buses leave every 10 min until half hour after closing.


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