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There's no need to get a passport to Greece, as everything you need to relish this Mediterranean culture can be found at Salt Lake City's annual Greek's Festival.

A Utah tradition, and one of the state's largest cultural events, the festival begins its three-day run Friday in downtown Salt Lake City.

The men and women of The Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake, led by members of the Philoptochos Society — the women's philanthropic group — have been working all summer preparing for the hungry crowds: filling and rolling grape leaves (dolmathes), skewering pork for souvlaki and layering filo dough and nuts for baklava.

Guests who attend this year's festival — in its 41st year — also can expect lamb on a spit, gyros, cheese-filled triangles (tyropita) and deep-fried dough balls covered in honey (loukoumathes).

While food is the favorite attraction, guests also can tour the Holy Trinity Cathedral and hear Byzantine music, learn a bit of Salt Lake City Greek history and watch dancers in traditional Greek costumes.

Since its inception, the festival has been a fundraising event, and the church continues to donate a portion of the proceeds to local charities and organizations.

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 279 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City

Cost • $3; an à la carte menu of Greek food and drinks additional

Parking • Ride TRAX to the Old Greek Town stop and walk to the festival. Valet service available.

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