The 2020 Columbus Greek Festival scheduled for Sept. 4-7 has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement released Thursday, festival organizers said they came to the conclusion that there was no safe way to host this year.
Some options considered included a carry-out/drive-thru only festival and a modified/scaled-down version but neither could be made possible in time by Labor Day weekend.
Organizers said the surge in coronavirus cases and mandates from the county and state make it impossible to adhere to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
“It goes without saying that the entire Annunciation Cathedral community disappointed,” said Parish Council President Harry Ruska. “The Greek Festival is a highly anticipated annual event that offers food, culture, religious and education to patrons from central Ohio and beyond. Our hope – indeed our prayer – is to return in 2021 with a festival that continues to delight our patrons.”
The Annunciation Cathedral parish plans to host the 48th annual festival on Sept. 3-6, 2021.