For many in Columbus, visiting the Greek Festival is a Labor Day weekend tradition. The lively celebration of Greek culture through food, entertainment and cultural exhibitions is one of the more popular festivals in the city, and it's a hell of a good time.

For many in Columbus, visiting the Greek Festival is a Labor Day weekend tradition. The lively celebration of Greek culture through food, entertainment and cultural exhibitions is one of the more popular festivals in the city, and it's a hell of a good time.

The best place to start is with the authentic food. Indoor vendors offer a variety of gourmet dishes. Everything from pastitsio (Greek lasagna), moussaka, spanakopita, dolmas and spicy Greek meatballs are available for less than $5.

Outside vendors offer quick-serve options ($5-7) such as gyros, Greek pizza and lamb chops. The souvlaki (pork kebobs marinated in lemon, olive oil and spices and grilled to perfection) is highly recommended. Oh, and don't forget about the baklava, which is also available in sundae form.

Want to learn to make these dishes at home? Cooking demonstrations will be held every two hours from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. You can also pick up a Greek cookbook and authentic ingredients in the marketplace.

This year the marketplace has expanded to feature more items from Greece, including clothing and handmade jewelry. The display of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photography will be plentiful as usual.

Also, make sure to take one of the cathedral tours. It's an absolutely stunning site. If you're looking to learn even more about the culture, professors from Ohio State's Modern Greek program will be giving lectures throughout the weekend.

Cap off the night with some Greek beer or wine at the Kafenion in the cathedral courtyard.