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Yiasou Greek Festival runs through Sunday in Dilworth

Charlotte Observer staff
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    Diedra Laird -
    Josh Seguin, 10, holds a Greek flag during Thursday's opening day of the 35th annual Yiasou Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 600 E. Boulevard. The Festival, which began in 1978, is one of Charlotte's largest cultural events. It runs from Sept. 13-16, 2012. DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Baklava for sale at the festival The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of Charlotte's largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    YALONDA M. JAMES - Staff Photographer
    Maria Politis was one of the dancers who performed last year at the Yiasou Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Yalonda M. James -yjames@charlotteobserver.com

Check out Hellenic cultural exhibits, entertainment, art, shopping and food at the 37th annual Yiasou Greek Festival, which opens Thursday at 11 a.m.

The festival runs til 9 p.m. Thursday and is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. It is held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. Admission is $3; 12 and younger free. Find more information at yiasoufestival.org.

Dining highlights include dolmades (grape leaves wrapped around ground beef and rice) and spanakopita (layers of phyllo stuffed with spinach and cheese).

Yiasou is the Greek word for “hello,” “goodbye” and “cheers.”

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