Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Greek Festival 2009!


This weekend I did end up being able to make it out to the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in SE. I'd never been before, but apparently they've been holding the festival for over 50 years, and it started as a way for the ladies of the church raise money to help pay off the old mortgage when they moved to a new location.


I just have to say that it was INSANELY crowded, but first things first, I needed Talents.


Talents are white plastic chips used instead of currency at the food booths outside. I set myself a budget of $15 to start with, because I didn't really know what to expect with regards to food costs.
Now that I had some "money" it was time for one of the most wonderful things in the world Spanakopita.


It was exceptional, a light flaky, crispy crust with a warm melty spinach & feta filling. YUM!

After I had my fix, I started looking around at the other dining options ans settled on something I hadn't had before called Loukoumas, they are a fried yeast dough coated in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. It was very sweet and eye rollingly delicious.


Feeling a little sugared out, I headed for the extremely long Gyros line, and while I was waiting, I was able to get a little work done on my current WIP.

Harmony needles are so very pretty, and wonderful to use, one day I will have a whole set.


Mm, gyro...
It was a fairly simple one, they use the frozen pre-sliced meat, taziki, tomatoes, and onion filling.

After I'd eaten, again I headed over to check out the other side and got to watch some very industrious cooks and live music with dancing.


Unfortunately by this time I was so over stimulated that I was getting close to needing to leave, so I counted up my remaining Talents and started wading through all the people to the pastry counter.


I had just enough left to get one of each of the desserts available, so I got a piece of Baklava, a Kourambie, and a Melomakarona.


These little beauties I got to go and saved for later, and they were also wonderful, I will definitely be going again next year, but I think I'll go on Saturday and try to be there in the morning before it gets too crowded. If I'm feeling exceptionally brave I may even stay for more of the cultural events.